Litigation Costs in Panama

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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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.

"... Liliana Sanchez, director of the Center for Conciliation and Arbitration, warns that "depending on the speciality of the legal professional, they may charge more than the minimum rate," and "according to the instance where the process starts there may be different charges" which could include municipal, circuit, High Court or Supreme Court charges. "

"... The Bar Association of Panama has a table (www.cnapanama.com / tarifa.htm) containing the minimum fee charged by this collective, for example, $2,500 for filing an administrative litigation dispute or $3000 for representing a third party in the process. '



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