December 14, 2010
A new Mexican Legal Dictionary app was recently released for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. As mentioned here, the app currently includes 2,300 legal terms, with audio pronunciation guidance in both Spanish and English.
The dictionary is useful for anyone looking for an understanding of Mexican legal terminology and concepts. For example, you may have heard about a recent explosion at a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. An attorney in the United States thinking about legal claims that might result would likely assume that negligence claims are a good possibility. A search of the Mexican Legal Dictionary for “negligence” returns just two results, as shown below:
Clicking on “Comparative Negligence” gives us an explanation as to why more results weren’t returned: the Mexican legal system “has not been developed in the area of Tort Law.” But there may be some relevant Civil Code provisions in the area of “Extracontractual Liability.”
Searching the dictionary for “tort” returns a result giving a bit more explanation:
You can also search the Dictionary using either English or Spanish, so if you come across a Spanish term, plug it into the search box to find its English translation and definition.
Update: Mexican Legal Dictionary available on iTunes