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Costa Rica’s Supreme Court tells Talamanca: You can’t declare environmentalist expats ‘personas non grata’ 

Two expats in Costa Rica have won an appeal against the local government of Talamanca, which declared the foreigners “personas non grata" in the Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo for being “environmentalists,” according to a statement from the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Refusing to hire obese man is not discrimination, Costa Rican court finds

The Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber, or Sala IV, ruled that the Costa Rican Social Security System did not unfairly discriminate against an obese man who applied and was not hired for a job.

Costa Rica high court: prison officials must address ‘cruel and degrading’ conditions

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court ordered prison officials to come up with a plan to relieve overcrowding in the San Sebastián prison within one month. The court said prisoners "are sleeping on pieces of mattresses or on the ground, putting up with the cold” and rats climbing out of the drains at night.

Costa Rica court orders better prison beds for conjugal visits

If people get squeamish at the thought of sleeping in hotel beds, image this: Prisoners at La Reforma penitentiary sued for nicer mattresses for their conjugal visits.

Costa Rica court refuses to hear sex reassignment case

With no alternative in Costa Rica, the plaintiff asked the Caja to pay for the sex reassignment surgery in another country.

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court orders release of Nicaraguan unjustly imprisoned for 17 months

Justices ordered Costa Rica's Prison System and the Judicial Investigation Police to open an investigation on the case.

Costa Rica Supreme Court strikes down ban on clergy holding public office – except Catholics

The one-time Lutheran bishop has been cleared by the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber to keep his seat in President Luis Guillermo Solís’ cabinet when a majority of the justices ruled that a ban on religious authorities heading ministries only applied to Roman Catholic priests.

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court powers down 3 electronic billboards along heavily transited roads

Three recent rulings issued by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, prompted the Public Works and Transport Ministry to turn off the lights on three electronic billboards along major roadways in the Costa Rican capital.

No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules

Public hospitals in Costa Rica can refuse non-emergency care for self-employed workers who are behind in payments to the Social Security System, or Caja, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, ruled this week.

Costa Rica constitutional court rules in favor of state-run company’s right to block Facebook users

A ruling issued last month by Costa Rica's Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, could set a precedent by allowing companies to block from their Facebook profiles users who post comments that affect the companies' commercial interests.

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