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WHAT IS A MUNICIPAL JUDGE?

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 A Municipal Judge is an official of the municipal government with the authority to resolve complaints and disagreements about sanctions dictated by other municipal authorities.

The Municipal Judge is independent of all police forces and is prepared and trained to resolve cases in an objective, impartial and independent manner.

Tijuana has 56 Municipal Judges distributed in 18 points of the city, nine of them offer services 24 hours a day.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I AM FACED WITH A FINE I CONSIDER YOU UNFAIR?

When faced with a fine that you consider unfair, you can contest the fine by filing an appeal (recurso de incomformidad), either orally or in writing, for a municipal judge to review. To do this, immediately go to the nearest municipal judge.

WHAT CAN YOU DO IF A POLICE OFFICER ASKS FOR MONEY?

You should always politely insist on a writting citation Tijuana citations (tickets) are bilingual and can be paid in San Ysidro, California as well as in Mexico. (See sample).

Note: Offering money to a police officer to avoid a ticket or other penalty is a crime in Mexico. Likewise, it is against the law for a police officer to demand or ask for money.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MINORS COMMIT AN INFRACTION?

Minors who violate municipal ordinances and are brought before a municipal judge will be turned over to their parents if possible. If it is not possible to turn the minor over to his/her parents, the minor will be sent to the Detention Facility for Minors. Remember, in Mexico you are considered an adult if you are 18 or over.  People under 18 must have a written permit signed by their parent's.

Consejo de Menores

Vía Rápida Poniente s/n (no number)
next to Tijuana's Sport Unit
Ph: 622-0084 or 622-0694

Juvenile Probation Center in San Diego

Karla López Border Youth Project
2901 Meadowlark Dr. San Diego, Ca. 92123
Ph: (858) 694-4600

WHERE CAN I FIND A MUNICIPAL JUDGE?

At six City Delegations: Zona centro, San Antonio de los Buenos, La Mesa, La Presa, Mesa de Otay, Playas de Tijuana; also in Zona Norte, Traffic División, Main Police Station and the Municipal Detention Facility open 24 hours a day. Subdelegations are open Monday thru Tuesday form 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

• COMPLAINTS

The City of Tijuana has established an Office of Internal Affairs (Sindicatura).

One of the goals of Internal Affairs is to monitor local public officials and the services they provide. Our Internal Affairs Office is ready to assist you.

If you have a complaint against a city official, you can contact the City of Tijuana Internal Affairs at 688-2810, 24 hours a day. You can also register your complaint, in person at City Hall, or via the Internet : Click Here

The form on the next page is provided by the Internal Affairs office for use by any Mexican Citizen or foreign visitor to file complaints against mexican police officers or any other local public officials.