The status of the Sala IV magistrate sacked last week by a legislative vote now rests in the hands of his fellow jurists.
The Sala IV froze the departure of Fernando Cruz Castro Tuesday while the panel considers an appeal from a lawmaker who supports the magistrate. The appeal by Luis Fishman Zonzinski claims that the vote by 38 lawmakers rejecting the magistrate’s reappointment was flawed.
Meanwhile, Cruz is receiving support from nearly all the judicial agencies in the country and even from judges in Portugal.
Today court workers will hold what they call a grand vigil for judicial independence at the court complex at 5 p.m. In addition a march to the legislature is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday. The announcement of both events came from an entity called the committee for judicial independence.
At the Asamblea Legislativa some lawmakers were having second thoughts.
Víctor Emilio Granados Calvo, the president of the assembly, sought to annul the negative vote against the magistrate. However, a majority of the lawmakers there voted to await the decision of the Sala IV. The vote was 26 to 19.
Grandos, who was not present when the original vote was taken, said that the period for voting on the magistrate had expired. Cruz is at the end of an eight-year term.
Some supporters of Cruz suspect that his failure to be re-elected was a political move by the Partido Liberación Nacional. No one disputes that the Costa Rican Constitution gives lawmakers the right to appoint magistrates.