Lawmakers consider creation of regional constitutional courts

Costa Ricans go to the Sala IV constitutional court in droves. The court is logging 20,000 cases a year now, and some topics are what some may consider trivial.

The sidewalk is broken? File a constitutional case.

Unhappy with a court decision? Challenge the law.

The number of cases are so many that lawmakers and court
officials are considering setting up mini-constitutional courts around the country.

That was the topic Thursday when Luis Paulino Mora, president of the Corte Suprema Justicia, and Ana Virginia Calzada, president of the Sala IV, met with lawmakers. Both appeared to support the idea.

The new courts would be called Tribunales Constitucionales Regionales. Lawmakers suggested that the courts could be created without a major expenditure.

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