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Slow justice: Costa Rica’s criminal courts backlogged as far as 2017

August 8th, 2014 ( Costa Rica residents can now expect, on average, to wait more than a year for criminal cases to see the inside of a courtroom.


According to data from sixteen courts across the country, the vast majority of trials are now being scheduled for late 2015 and 2016.


In the worst of the backlog – the Second Circuit Judicial Court of Goicoechea, trials are being scheduled as late as August 2017.


According to the Judiciary Press Office, cases where defendants are currently being held in preventive detention, as well as cases involving the sexual abuse of minors, are currently receiving the top priority.



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  • disgusted

    So does preventive retention a code for locked up without going to court.. You have to wait 2 years??? You are presume guilty .. wonderful.

  • James F. Agnos

    The educated and the civilized should leave Costa Rica in fear. But that’s not good for business; so no-one advocates it.

  • USMCNamVet1969

    In CR you are guilty until the Prosecutor decides he can’t get a conviction. This means they can lock you up “pending investigation” and every 90 days the Prosecutor can go before the judge and say he is still investigating. The judge can give him 90 more days and this will go on as long as THEY want to hold you 90 days at a time. . There is no bail. A friend of mines father was held for 2 1/2 years while being investigated. The offered hi a number of time if he would plead guilty they would release him with time served, however he was innocent and would not admit to being guilty. So 2 1/2 years later he was released due to lack of evidence. By then his wife and kids had lost the house and car and all he had worked for his entire life. CR justice system is a joke unless you have the money to bribe officials.

    • roberto

      Ivan Barrantes…chapulines con corbatas!

    • SDPUS

      Exactly true USMC. What a sham of a system, orchestrated by totally corrupt LAWYERS! You think they don’t know what they are doing in running a system this way…it is steal whatever you can!

  • roberto

    “I have no problem that people feel, say that I am a hijo de puta (…) It does not affect me. I’m no politician, nor do I care about public opinion (…) Do you believe that citizens are concerned about what this jerk Iván Barrantes does or does not do at the Casa Presidential?” Presidential adviser , Iván Barrantes, La frase del dia. Barrantes made half million colones per day while on the campaign, while serving as Presidential strategist to Luis Guillermo Solís, and now enjoys a free office in the Casa Presidential while attending his “private clients.”

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