This is budget time in the various government agencies and institutions. The judiciary is considering a budget proposal of 424 billion colons for the 2017 fiscal year.
That number is 2.14 percent higher than this year’s budget, and the judiciary said that it continues to call for 11,869 employees. The budget was drawn up by the judicial planning agency.
The proposal comes at a time when the central government is under international pressure to reduce staff and expenses as well as increase taxes.
When the proposal is approved by the Corte Suprema de Justicia, the budget will be submitted to the Ministerio de Hacienda, which draws up the budget for all the government branches. The judicial budget includes the courts, prosecutors, the Judicial Investigating Organization, the Defensa Pública and other associated agencies
The central government will submit the budget to the legislature, which might make cuts.
Among the proposals in the judicial budget is the purchase of a building in Heredia to house the Oficina de Defensa Civil de las Víctimas in that province.