Chief prosecutor seeks independence for agency from courts

The route north of San José was restricted Monday for vehicles trying to enter or leave the city. That is because workers are tearing up the concrete of Ruta 32, the main highway north and to the Caribbean coast. Alternate routes

The fiscal general, the nation’s chief prosecutor, proposed Monday that his agency, the Ministerio Público, be inserted in the Costa Rican Constitution as an independent agency. The fiscal general, Jorge Chavarría, made the proposal to the Corte Suprema de Justicia, which now appoints the chief prosecutor and maintains supervision and budget control over the agency.

The proposal would effectively establish a fifth branch of government in addition to the executive, judiciary, legislative and the Tribunal Supremo de Eleciones.

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The route north of San José was restricted Monday for vehicles trying to enter or leave the city. That is because workers are tearing up the concrete of Ruta 32, the main highway north and to the Caribbean coast. Alternate routes
were choked although traffic was moving on two lanes of Ruta 32 in the 1.3 kilometers (2,000 feet) that is in the first stage of the project. Alternate routes are through Tibás and Heredia. The aging concrete is being replaced with asphalt.


The Poder Judicial said that Chavarría wanted to protect the prosecutorial agency from ordinary legislation. It appeared that the proposal would continue the process of selection of the fiscal general by the courts.

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