The Attorney General has denounced the existence of barriers that prevent white-collar crime and in particular corruption within the state from being pursued effectively.
The authorization from a judge for a case of public documents to be opened as part of an investigation, and the adoption of appeals even when the law states that they are not appropriate, are some of the legal obstacles that delay the processing of cases of white collar crime.
The ability of the executive and legislative powers to effectively lead their country's economy is seriously diminished by the excessive actions of the judicial branch, especially the Constitutional Courts.
It is happening in Central America but it is a growing problem throughout Latin America.
The litigant must bear the costs of the judicial process when they posses a monthly income over $500 or own property registered in the Public Registry.
An article by Alvaro Santana in Martesfinanciero.com reports that "In Panama, the administration of justice is free and there are no fees or taxes" with attorney's fees, making up about 80% of the costs of litigation.
Those responsible for implementing the new "accusatory" penal system have presented the budget necessary for it to begin in Coclé and Veraguas.
The article by Yureth Paredes in Laestrella.com.pa indicates that, "Institutional Coordination Commission sub-committees created to implement the accusatory penal system (SPA) presented the total budget required for this new structure of almost $52 million".
Key figures for each country: Budget, Expense per capita, Case resolution rate, Transparency, Number of judges and courtrooms and Perception of independence.
A society’s development is heavily based on its ability to peacefully, rapidly and impartially resolve conflicts through its judiciary system. This is why modern societies work hard to have strong and efficient systems, way beyond the rhetoric and formal division of powers.
According tot he Latin Barometer Report, the perception by people is that is it is possible: 31% in El Salvador, 33% in Costa Rica, in Nicaragua 34%, Honduras 35%, Panama 41%, and Guatemala 44%.
According to surveys throughout Latin America, it is easier to bribe a police officer than a judge. 54% of Venezuelans and Argentinians say that a judge can be bribed. In Paraguay it is at 47%. Chile is the last on the list, at 18%.
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