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, according to a report from Fox News Latino.

Judges are taking risks due to the fact that “crime, violence and organized crime” have increased in Mexico, Silva Meza said Monday. Measures have been taken to protect judges, such as providing armored cars.

Threats, especially in regards to drug trafficking cases, have lead to judges making requests for law enforcement or even the Mexican army to accompany them when issuing a ruling, Fox reports.

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