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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...

2 Years In Prison For Killing An Animal; Fines Up to ¢212,000 For Abuse

Q COSTA RICA - Legislators on Thursday approved a bill that proposes prison a sentence for those who mistreat or kill animals on purpose. The bill received 46 votes in favor and none against. The bill, if passed into law, establishes a punishment of from...

The Corporations Tax Is On. Legislators Approve Bill In Second And Final Debate.

Q COSTA RICA - On Thursday, March 16, legislators approved in second and final debate the "tax on corporations" bill. Thus, owners of corporations, starting in July, must start paying the tax and continue to be liable for any accumulated debt of the previous...

Legislators Get Constitutional Green Light To Revive ‘Corporations Tax’

Q COSTA RICA - The Constitutional Court or Sala IV as it is commonly known gave the green light to the legislative bill to revive the 'corporations tax'. The Court said it found no procedural or substantive defects (errors). The vote was unanimous. The Court decision...

Jail For Killing A Bird or A Fish? Constitutional Court Says It’s Irrational!

Q COSTA RICA - For the second time, the Constitutional Court or Sala IV found problems of constitutionality in the Animal Welfare bill, a piece of legislation that seeks to get tough on animal abuse. On Wednesday, by a majority, the magistrates declared 'irrational' the...

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...

Taxation Cannot Demand Prepayment Of Penalties and Interest on Audits, Court Rules

(QCOSTARICA) A declaration of unconstitutionality has been given to the section of the tax code that allowed the Ministerio de Hacienda (Treasury) to demand payment of penalties and interest allegedly owed on taxes. In effect, the Court ruling put the brakes on the outlandish...

Constitutional Court Sentences Newspaper For “Serious Inaccuracies” In Its Report

This week the Constitutional Court found in favour of the appeal by the Ministier of Justice, Cecelia Sanchez, against the most sold newspaper in Costa Rica, for its report claiming that the Minister was responsible for an inmate committing a rape after being given...

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