The Poder Judicial has launched a campaign to protect its proposed budget.
Magistrates of the Corte Suprema de Justicia held a press conference Wednesday to protest a motion in a legislative committee that chopped 4.7 billion colons from the 2015 budget. That is about $8.7 million.
The budget cut was by the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Hacendarios.
Zarela Villanueva Monge, the president of the court, said that the cuts involve budget areas that already have been established by prior contracts and that if the Poder Judicial does not adhere to the agreement, there will be much more money spent in damages.
Some of the cuts involve budget lines such as security of judicial structures, repair of communication equipment, the medical examiners, and transport of prisoners, officials said.
Francisco Segura, director of the Judicial Investigating Organization, said that the cuts give an advantage to criminals
The Poder Judicial not only includes the courts and the prosecutors, but it also includes public defenders, investigators, programs for victims, protection for witnesses and even food for inmates who are temporarily in custody.
The Poder Judicial has been under fire for the pensions retirees receive and also the way nearly all employees almost always get merit raises.