Absurd Legal Practices in Costa Rica

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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

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. 

Elmundo.cr reports that Chavarria said that before the deputies of the Legislative Assembly: "... It is a lie that we have a modern judicial system.  That is not so and teachers in the Faculty of Law lie and challenge me to prove I'm not lying. In the classes they give on law the teach what ought to be, but in reality something completely different happens, this is an inquisitorial system with absolute control and verging on the arbitrariness of the judges."

As an example of the absurd practices that judges allow, Chavarria said that "..."You have to ask a judge to open those boxes in order to have a control over an individual's right to privacy, when they are public documents and if you do not ask the judges for that authorization, the evidence is dismissed and therefore it can not be used in a penal process'. Chavarria said that it is precisely this attitude of judges, dismissing evidence if it is opened without authorization from a judge, which is not supported anywhere and he said that judges in Costa Rica have been taking this and other measures arbitrarily."

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