The writ of amparo (also called recurso de amparo) is a remedy for the protection of constitutional rights in Costa Rica and other countries. In some legal systems, predominantly those of the Spanish-speaking world,the amparo remedy or action is an effective and inexpensive instrument for the protection of individual rights.

Recursos de Amparo en sala cuarta foto Jose RiveraAmparo, generally granted by a supreme or constitutional court, serves a dual protective purpose: it protects the citizen and his or her basic guarantees, and protects the constitution itself by ensuring that its principles are not violated by statutes or actions of the state that undermine the basic rights enshrined therein.

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In many countries, an amparo action is intended to protect all rights other than physical liberty, which may be protected instead by habeas corpus remedies. Thus, in the same way that habeas corpus guarantees physical freedom, amparo protects other basic rights. It may therefore be invoked by any person who believes that any of his rights, implicitly or explicitly protected by the constitution (or by applicable international treaties), is being violated.

Anyone can file an amparo and for any reason. It can even be scrawled on a napkin. It is then up to the Court to decide to accept the filing and rule on it.

Here is the form for the do-it-yourself.

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Recurso de Amparo 

Señores: Sala Constitucional
El suscrito, __________________________________________________(nombre, apellidos completos) portador de la cédula de identidad número __________________________si la persona es menor de edad, se hace la siguiente indicación: sin número de cédula por ser menor de edad, interpongo RECURSO DE AMPARO en contra de___________________________________ (nombre de la autoridad recurrida) motivado en los siguientesHECHOS:

 

CLEARLY DESCRIBE the events that occurred, THE PLACE WHERE IT HAPPENED, IF YOU CAN THE DAY AND RIGHTS AUTHORITY violent. How lodge an appeal?

DERECHO VIOLENTADO:
Considero que con el actuar de la Autoridad recurrida se me han violentado los siguientes derechos: INDICATE THE RIGHT TO BE CONSIDERED violated, IF YOU DO NOT KNOW, YOU MUST WRITE CLEARLY DEVELOPMENTS.

PRUEBAS:
Ofrezco como pruebas las siguientes: LIST THE PROOF, EVIDENCE, IF DOCUMENTS INDICATE THE NUMBER OR DATE ISSUED DOCUMENT
PETITORIA:
Solcito que se declare que_________________________ WRITE WHAT IS REQUIRED TO DECLARE THE SUPREME COURT IN THE JUDGMENT
NOTIFICACIONES:
Las mías las recibiré en el fax  (indicar el número) rotuladas a mi nombre o bien, rotuladas a nombre de__________________________________ (indicar a quien se le dirige la notificación).
Las del Recurrido se deberán remitir a_________________________________(señalar lugar para notificar al “demandado”)
San José, (o lugar donde vivo) _____________________________(indicar día, mes y año)
___________________________________________(Firma)