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Sala IV condemns Presidency and Public Security for not lifting blockades

QCOSTARICA - Unanimously, the Constitutional Court, also known as the Sala IV, condemned the Presidency and Ministry of Public Security for not lifting the blockades organized by the group calling itself the Movimiento Rescate Nacional. (National Rescue Movement). For the magistrates of the Constitutional Court,...

Foreigner resident forced to leave his Costa Rican children at San Jose airport and return to the U.S.

(QCOSTARICA) Without fully understanding what was happening and without being able to say goodbye, a foreigner residing in Costa Rica was separated from his Costa Rican children upon arrival at the Juan Santamaría airport in San Jose and forced to return to the United...

Constitutional Court: “freedom of transit is not unlimited”

(QCOSTARICA) Once again, the Constitutional Court, also known as the Sala IV, rejected an appeal for protection against the sanitary vehicle restriction, endorsing the powers that the administration has to regulate circulation in the streets of the country. The recent appeal was presented by a...

‘I Declare You Wife and Wife’: Costa Rica Celebrates Its First Equality Marriage

At 0:08 on May 26, 2020, Alexandra Quirós Castillo, 29, and Daritza Araya Arguedas, 24, became the first same-sex couple to marry civilly after equality marriage took effect in Costa Rica. The ceremony, held in San Isidro de Heredia, in the presence of notary public...

Two women will be the first to marry in Costa Rica on May 26

(QCOSTARICA) Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will be able to marry as of May 26, when a judicial provision that authorizes these marriages will enter into force, although it will not have the party climate expected by the containment measures of the new coronavirus. That...

Same-sex marriages can be registered in Costa Rica starting May 26

(QCOSTARICA) Marriages between people of the same sex can become legal in Costa Rica starting on May 26, when the Civil Registry will begin to process the registration of these unions. Luis Guillermo Chinchilla, senior civil officer of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE), to...

Immigration must allow the entry of a Canadian assistant to a young woman with a disability

Updated. Costa Rica's Constitutional Court resolved with merit the habeas corpus petition by a young Costa Rican woman, whose caregiver, a Canadian national, was being denied entry into the country due to the restrictive border measures interposed during the national emergency With the court decision,...

Appeals Alleging A Violation of Freedom of Transit Filed Against Vehicular Restrictions

It didn't take long, it was expected to happen. Within hours of the countrywide vehicular restrictions going into force, the Constitutional Court received two 'recursos de amparo' - appeals against the government measure. On Tuesday, March 24, at 10 pm and continuing until 5 am,...

Contractors that fail to comply with road works to be sanctioned

One of the major stumbling blocks in getting road works, for one, completed was the inability of the government applying tough sanctions to contractors, who after starting a project, failed to complete it. With the approval in second and final debate on Thursday of the...

Bill To Curtail Strikes Hits Roadblock!

A group of legislators came together to block the bill to curtail strikes approved on Tuesday. The Partido Nueva Republica bloc legislators obtained the required 10 signatures to send the to a Constitutional Court consultation. The PRN legislators are Jonathan Prendas, Carmen Chan, Ignacio Alpízar,...

Bayer insists that Glyphosate (Glisofato) is safe despite cancer alerts

Despite Bayer facing dozens of potential lawsuits worth tens of millions of dollars in glyphosate-cancer lawsuits in Hawaii targeting Monsanto Co. and its weed-killer Roundup and a U.S. Federal jury last March ordering Monsanto to pay more than US$80 million in damages to a...

Constitutional Court condemns the State for not lifting blockades of truck drivers and students

The Sala Constitucional, also known as Sala IV (Constitutional Court) on Wednesday condemned the State for not timely lifting the blockades of truck drivers and students on Ruta 32 that connects San José with Limón; as well as in Pérez Zeledón. By a majority (6...

Sala IV reiterates that university degree is not a requirement to practice journalism

Costa Rica's Constitutional Court or Sala IV reiterates that journalism can be exercised without the need for an academic degree or to be registered College of Journalists (Colper). The magistrates, unanimously, sided with the appeal filed by two citizens with surnames Madrigal Mena and Rodríguez...

Sala IV Says Anyone Can Record Police Operations

Costa Rica's Constitutional Court - Sala IV as it is popularly known - gave its consent for anyone to record police operations in order to avoid injustice. The court decision was announced by the Semanario Universidad, the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) publication where the...

Thousands in Costa Rica Celebrate Gay Pride In Marcha de la Diversidad (Photos)

Tens of thousands in Costa Rican took part in the Marcha de la Diversidad (Gay Pride) on Sunday in downtown San Jose, filling Costa Rica's capital city with color, in the first such march since the country’s constitutional court promised same-sex couples the right...

Former General Manager of BCR rejected as a “high risk” client by Banco Popular

Imagine being once the head of Costa Rica's State bank, the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR) and being turned down as a client by, for being "high risk", at the Banco Popular y de Desarrollo Comunal (Banco Popular), the "third" of the State banks. That...

She had an appointment for 2023, but now she must be attended to it in less than three months

Imagine having to wait weeks for a medical appointment. What about months? And Year? Or four years? That was the case of a young woman identified only by her last name Chacón, suffering from severe back pain, having to face the reality of waiting four...

Recope’s Plan For Ethanol Faces Appeals and Objection From Politicians

The plan by the State refinery RECOPE to replace super gasoline with an ethanol mix called Eco95 starting at the end of May faces appeals before the Constitutional Court or Sala IV and objection from opposition political parties. On Monday, the press office of the...

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...

It Takes At Least Six Months To Fire A Corrupt Public Employee In Costa Rica

Corruption in the government of Costa Rica is a real thing. So is the lengthy process of firing an alleged corrupt public employee. In 2018, corruption was the second cause of dismissal of the central Government. In 199 of the cases of dismissals registered in...

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...

18-Month Countdown To Same-Sex Marriage Begins This Month

The 18-month countdown that the Constitutional Court gave legislators to regulate same-sex marriages begins this month, with the delivery on Wednesday of the judgment issued in August and its imminent publication in the Judicial Bulletin. The Press Office of the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) informed that...

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...

All Traveling In A Vehicle Must Identify Themselves If Asked By Police, Court Confirms

As reported Tuesday (October 9) afternoon by the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT), the Constitutional Court or Sala IV confirmed that all persons who in vehicles must identify themselves if asked by police. The Sala IV resolution 2018-016698 delivered on Friday, October 5,...

Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform) Approved in First Debate. But Strike Will Continue!

This Friday the members of the legislative assembly approved the law on strengthening public finances in the first debate. Friday afternoon, by a vote of 35 in favor and 22 against, legislators approved in first debate bill 20.580, known as the Plan Fiscal (Tax Reform),...

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...

Court Rules Against Uber and its 83,000 Drivers

Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled against Uber with a verdict that affects 83,000 drivers affiliated to the technology platform. The decision follows a similar ruling last December by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that argues Uber is a transportation company and not just...

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...

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