Costa Rica: Partnering to Strengthen the Administration of Justice

On June 21, 2016, NCSC and the Judiciary of Costa Rica signed a memorandum of undertraining to strengthen the institutional and technical capacities of the judicial sector in Costa Rica. The memorandum, signed by the President of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica, Zarela Villanueva Monge, and NCSC President, Mary McQueen, is an important step in strengthening the relationship between the Supreme Court of Costa Rica and NCSC, and to further developing the justice system in Costa Rica and across the region.

During the event, President Zarela Villanueva Monge stressed the importance of the partnership with NCSC, which promotes innovation in judicial administration, supports restorative juvenile justice reform, and strengthens the judiciary’s ability to adjudicate and prosecute international organized crimes.

In her remarks, Mary McQueen recognized the strong leadership shown by the Judiciary of Costa Rica at both the local and regional level in relation to protecting the Rule of Law and improving the administration of justice.  She also highlighted the professionalism of the public defenders and prosecutors’ offices.

NCSC’s presence in Costa Rica is made possible by a partnership with the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), which seeks to improve juvenile justice data collection, expand community support networks, and strengthen alternative sentencing, rehabilitation and vocational training services. For more information, please visit