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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...

Supreme Court Rents Office Building At ¢55M Monthly or ¢2M A Day!

QCOSTARICA - It pays to be a landlord in Costa Rica, especially when your tenant is the government. In this case, the Constitutional Court signing a 12 year lease paying some ¢55 million colones monthly. The office building "Impala" is located in Sabana Sur will...

Father Goes To Jail For Third Time For Child Support Debt

(qCOSTARICA) Jorge Pita, 70, today sits in a jail cell in La Reforma prison, for the third time in the past 18 months, for failure to pay support to his estranged wife, child support and tuition fees at a private school for his 11-year-old...

Senior ICE Employee Complains Of Mistreatment: Nothing To Do All Day For Almost A Year

(QCOSTARICA) An ICE official, with 37 years seniority and currently holding a senior position with the state power and telecom agency, has resorted to the Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional) with the claim that he is not being given any assignments, provoking him anxiety and...

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...

Hospital Mexico Ordered To Solve The Waiting List Problem

(QCOSTARICA) The Constitutional Court of Costa Rica (Sala Constitucional) gave the Hospital Mexico three months to solve the waiting list for  catheterization procedures. The Court ordered the head of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), Maria del Rocio Saenz and the institution's medical director,...

Cement Company Wins Case Against Government

(QCOSTARICA) It was four years ago when the government of Costa Rica revoked its operating permits, but today, thanks to a ruling from the Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional), Cementos David can resume operations. According to the Court ruling, the highest constitutional body in the country,...

Corporations Tax Could Be Revived, But Not Until Spending Cuts Occur Says Opposition

(QCOSTARICA) Reviving the tax on corporations is a goal by President Luis Guillermo Solis, says La Republica, who confirms that the President wants to send a bill to the Legislative Assembly. The government wants to use the money (revenue), an estimated ¢50 billion colones, to...

Constitutional Court Sides With Inmate Who Refused To Be Transported In Handcuffs and Shackles

QCOSTARICA - The magistrates of the Constitutional Court (Sala Constitucional) proved right an inmate of the La Reforma prison, who refused to be taken to a medical appointment in handcuffs and shackles. File no. 15.-002477-007-CO indicated that the inmate refused to be mobilized in this...

Immigration Has 6 Months For Databases Working In Conjunciton With The Judiciary

QCOSTARICA - It may not have happened to you, to anyone you know, at the airport and finding yourself with a restriction from leaving the country, an "impedimento de salida" in Spanish. One man, facing this situation, filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court saying...

Nicaraguan Man Jailed In Error Freed

QCOSTARICA - Shakespeare asked, "What's in a name." A hapless Nicaraguan can tell you that freedom is sometimes the cost.  Even with two last names in Spanish, he found himself spending a year and five months in prison, mistaken for a fugitive. The Nicaraguan was...

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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