Conciliation and Arbitration Centers in Costa Rica

While conventional courts take between 4 and 7 years to rule on a case, conciliation and arbitration centers do so in between 8 and 10 months.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The country currently has 15 centers and 17 Justice Houses of a public nature for alternative dispute resolution.

One example is the Alternative Justice Center created by the Lawyer's Association of Costa Rica, in January 2012, which in less than a year has resolved between 28 and 30 processes of conciliation and arbitration. However, it took 8 years to enter into play with other organizations who had already been in operation for over a decade, and are authorized by the State to conciliate and arbitrate conflicts.

The Bar Association has chosen to provide the service in nontraditional areas. In order to accomplish this it has signed (or is in the process of doing so) agreements with several organizations, including the College of Physicians, for malpractice and the Academy of Sciences so as to arbitrate disputes with the issue of public domain sites.

Among the oldest of the conciliation and arbitration centers are the Chamber of Commerce (1998), the International Center for Conciliation Arbitration of the North American-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), the Conflict Resolution Center of the College of Engineers and Architects, the Institute of Family Conflict and the Latin American Arbitration Management Center, among others.

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