Criminal Law in Costa Rica is defined by the laws which are passed by the Costa Rican Legislature governing criminal offenses.
The Criminal Code
The bulk of the criminal offenses in Costa Rica are codified in the Costa Rican Penal Code [Codigo Penal]. The Penal Code divides offenses into a felony (delito) punishable by imprisonment or a misdemeanor (contravención) punishable by monetary fine.
The procedure to be followed when appearing before the Criminal Courts of Costa Rica is set out in the Code of Criminal Procedure [Codigo Procesal Penal]