Evening turnout designed to defend judicial independence

A.M. Costa Rica/Kayla Pearson
Vigil at the court complex included candles and speeches

Workers from various judicial departments and the community came together Wednesday evening for a vigil in honor of the country’s democracy, they said.

“This vigil is to avoid influence of political parties in the justice administration,” said Ricardo Salas of the Sala III high court.

“We are defending judicial independence. This means that judges are meant only to respond to the Constitution and laws to solve cases not to the politics,” he said.

The idea for the vigil came when legislators voted against the re-election of the Sala IV magistrate, Fernando Cruz Castro.

However attendees of the vigil such as Monica Cruz stress that
the event was more about the principle of the state of politics than whether Cruz will get his job back.

According to Tito Vega from the Amigos de la Paz group, the situation of the magistrate is the fault of the Partido Liberación Nacional and the action can not go unnoticed.

“Now we are in this fight,” he said. “The fight continues against the politics of Costa Rica.

The vigil, which began at 5 p.m., had performances by different artists and speeches took place every half hour.

Participants held signs and red white and blue lanterns against the night sky to show their support for the cause.

Lawmakers voted last week but the decision is being challenged, and the whole issue will be decided by the constitutional court.

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