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Sala IV Orders Treasury To Reveal List of Tax Debtors

Costa Rica's Sala IV (Constitutional Court) ordered the Ministry of Finance (Treasury) to reveal the list of tax debtors, including the names and amounts of the individuals and legal entities that owe money to the Treasury. The Court considers the information public access, as stated...

Sala IV Upholds Remand For Convicted Recope Worker

The Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is also known considered it justified that six months of preventive detention ordered against a Recope worker, sentenced to two years in prison for causing damage to the plant in Moín, Limón. The magistrates rejected a writ...

Constitutional Court Gives The Green Light To The Tax Reform Bill

The Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional, also known as "Sala IV"), on Friday endorsed the process of the tax reform (plan fiscal) promoted by the government of Carlos Alvarado, in its task to put in order the country's finances and avoid an economic crisis. The tax...

11 year old students appeals to Constitutional Court: ‘I ask you to please oblige my teacher and principal to return to open the school’

Eleven year old Emily Ibarra Ruiz, a student at the Escuela de San Pablo de Barva (Heredia), used her constitutional right to ask the Constitutional Court, filing a 'recurso de amparo' (appeal) on Thursday morning, to request the return to classes after six weeks...

Legislators criticize Sala IV for passing onto them the responsibility on gay marriage

Legislators on Thursday joined in the criticism of the Constitutional Court passing onto them the responsibility of same-sex marriage. The ruling of the Sala IV on Wednesday had the rare effect of bringing together in agreement most of the legislators, even it if was to...

Following An Appeal To The Sala IV, Patient Does Not Have To Wait 9 Years For An Ultrasound

For an increasing number of patients of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), the State Health System, an appeal to the Sala IV (Constitutional Court) is the only remedy to accelerate urgent medical care. Such was the case of a Desamparados woman who requires...

Constitutional Court Orders Congress To Legislate Same-Sex Marriage in Costa Rica Within 18 Months

The Constitutional Court or Sala IV has ordered the Legislative Assembly (Congress) to legislate same-sex marriage in Costa Rica within a maximum period of 18 months, otherwise, it will be effective almost immediately. After an intense day, the session beginning Wednesday morning, the magistrates of...

Teen Wins Battle Against Cancer and School Regulation Against Long Hair

Julián Barquero Campos, who in 2016 was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and prefers to wear his hair long, won his battle against the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pilar, in Escazú, who demanded he cut his hair. "It is very difficult to explain the great...

The Strike: Security Officer Armed With Rifle Annoyed Strikers Demonstrating In Front of Constitutional Court

The mood of protesters outside the Constitutional Court or Sala IV building in downtown San Jose heated up for a few minutes when a security officer guarded the entrance with a high caliber weapon. This caused the anger of the majority, a situation that forced...

Another Ruling in Favor of Protectionism, Sala IV Ratifies Ban On Rice Promotions

  In Costa Rica, the Constitutional Court or Sala IV has rejected an appeal of unconstitutionality against the prohibition imposed by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) on carrying out promotions in the rice retail trade in the country. Rice is the grain product...

Man Sues Caja For Delays In Surgery And Wins

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - The story begins in 2005, when a man, identified by his last name, Benavides, visited a Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) or "Caja" health centre for an inguinal hernia. Following the medical exam on October 20, 2005, hospital staff...

Government Gives Up On Regulating Uber

(QCOSTARICA) President Luis Guillermo Solis announced his government will not take action against Uber until the courts have resolved a number of issues regarding open competitition in the taxi industry. Solis explained that the Constitutional Court and the Contentious Court (Sala Constitucional and the Tribunal...

Traffic Official Exempt From Working Saturdays

(QCOSTARICA) Paúl Rivera Núñez is a religious man. He is also a traffic official (oficial de la Policía de Tránsito).  Working at the Cartago delegation, he has a different work schedule than the rest of his co-workers, he does not work on Saturdays due...

Collection of Tax Liabilities Upfront

QCOSTARICA - The Attorney General's Office  (Procuraduría General de la República) is recommending to the Constitutional Court that it reject the appeal which seeks to outlaw the power of the taxation department to proactively collect tax debts. The appeal to the Constitutional Court (or Sala...

Divulging Visitor List To Casa Presidencial is “Highly Prejudicial To Nation’s Security

QCOSTARICA - Making the visitors list to Casa Presidencial (Government House) is "highly prejudicial to the public interest and national security", says the government's legal director, Marvin Carvajal, in denying a request by Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN) legislator, Rolando González. Carvajal, in his reply to...

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