Federal law enforcement agents and army troops have been assigned to protect judges in light of threats from organized crime groups, Mexican Supreme Court Chief Justice Juan Silva Meza said.

Judges are taking risks due to the fact that "crime, violence and organized crime" have increased in Mexico, Silva Meza said in a press conference on Monday.

Measures have been taken to protect judges, such as providing them with armored vehicles, the chief justice said.

"Yes, we have had threats. Yes, we have had incidents that have led to making a request, even to the Mexican army, for them to accompany a judge at a given time when issuing a ruling," Silva Meza said.

This has mainly occurred in drug trafficking cases, the chief justice said.

"One of the judges was kidnapped and threatened regarding a ruling that he had to make the next day," Silva Meza said. EFE