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Ease of Doing Business in

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Download Profile (1753.5KB, pdf)
Region Latin America & Caribbean
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 4,807,850
GNI Per Capita (US$) 10,210
City covered San José

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DB 2017 Rank

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100

DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 62 60 down
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68.50 68.49 down
0.01
Starting a Business 125 119 down
6
81.57 81.20 up
0.37
Dealing with Construction Permits 53 49 down
4
74.63 74.61 up
0.02
Getting Electricity 27 22 down
5
85.04 85.01 up
0.03
Registering Property 52 52
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73.39 73.39
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Getting Credit 7 7
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85.00 85.00
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Protecting Minority Investors 165 166 up
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35.00 35.00
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Paying Taxes 62 60 down
2
78.98 79.03 down
0.05
Trading across Borders 71 69 down
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79.32 79.86 down
0.54
Enforcing Contracts 125 125
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52.41 52.41
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Resolving Insolvency 107 106 down
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39.62 39.37 up
0.25

DB 2017 Rank:

125

DB 2016 Rank:

125

Change in Rank:

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DB 2017 DTF (% points):

52.41

DB 2016 DTF (% points):

52.41

Change in DTF (% points):

0.00

STANDARDIZED CASE
Claim value CRC 10,447,773
Court name San José Civil Court for High Value Claims
City San José
Indicator Costa Rica Latin America & Caribbean OECD high income
Time (days) info_outline 852 749.1 553.0
Cost (% of claim) info_outline 24.3 31.3 21.3
Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) info_outline 8 8.4 11.0
  • Indicator
    Time (days) 852.0
    Filing and service 45
    Trial and judgment 547
    Enforcement of judgment 260
    Cost (% of claim) 24.3
    Attorney fees 20.0
    Court fees 1.4
    Enforcement fees 2.9
    Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 8.0
    Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 3.0
    Case management (0-6) 1.5
    Court automation (0-4) 1.0
    Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 2.5
    Answer Score
    Quality of judicial processes index (0-18) 8.0
    Court structure and proceedings (0-5) 3.0
    1. Is there a court or division of a court dedicated solely to hearing commercial cases? No 0.0
    2. Small claims court 1.0
    2.a. Is there a small claims court or a fast-track procedure for small claims? Yes
    2.b. If yes, is self-representation allowed? No
    3. Is pretrial attachment available? Yes 1.0
    4. Are new cases assigned randomly to judges? Yes, automatic 1.0
    5. Does a woman's testimony carry the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's? Yes 0.0
    Case management (0-6) 1.5
    1. Time standards 0.5
    1.a. Are there laws setting overall time standards for key court events in a civil case? Yes
    1.b. If yes, are the time standards set for at least three court events? Yes
    1.c. Are these time standards respected in more than 50% of cases? No
    2. Adjournments 0.0
    2.a. Does the law regulate the maximum number of adjournments that can be granted? No
    2.b. Are adjournments limited to unforeseen and exceptional circumstances? No
    2.c. If rules on adjournments exist, are they respected in more than 50% of cases? n.a.
    3. Can two of the following four reports be generated about the competent court: (i) time to disposition report; (ii) clearance rate report; (iii) age of pending cases report; and (iv) single case progress report? No 0.0
    4. Is a pretrial conference among the case management techniques used before the competent court? No 0.0
    5. Are there any electronic case management tools in place within the competent court for use by judges? No 0.0
    6. Are there any electronic case management tools in place within the competent court for use by lawyers? Yes 1.0
    Court automation (0-4) 1.0
    1. Can the initial complaint be filed electronically through a dedicated platform within the competent court? No 0.0
    2. Is it possible to carry out service of process electronically for claims filed before the competent court? No 0.0
    3. Can court fees be paid electronically within the competent court? No 0.0
    4. Publication of judgments 1.0
    4.a Are judgments rendered in commercial cases at all levels made available to the general public through publication in official gazettes, in newspapers or on the internet or court website? Yes
    4.b. Are judgments rendered in commercial cases at the appellate and supreme court level made available to the general public through publication in official gazettes, in newspapers or on the internet or court website? Yes
    Alternative dispute resolution (0-3) 2.5
    1. Arbitration 1.5
    1.a. Is domestic commercial arbitration governed by a consolidated law or consolidated chapter or section of the applicable code of civil procedure encompassing substantially all its aspects? Yes
    1.b. Are there any commercial disputes—aside from those that deal with public order or public policy—that cannot be submitted to arbitration? No
    1.c. Are valid arbitration clauses or agreements usually enforced by the courts? Yes
    2. Mediation/Conciliation 1.0
    2.a. Is voluntary mediation or conciliation available? Yes
    2.b. Are mediation, conciliation or both governed by a consolidated law or consolidated chapter or section of the applicable code of civil procedure encompassing substantially all their aspects? Yes
    2.c. Are there financial incentives for parties to attempt mediation or conciliation (i.e., if mediation or conciliation is successful, a refund of court filing fees, income tax credits or the like)? No