Final Provisions

Title XVIII Final Provisions

Article 197

This Constitution shall enter into force on the eighth day of November, 1949, and does repeal all others. The existing legal system shall continue in force unless amended or repealed by the competent organs of the Public Power or as long as is not expressly or implicitly repealed by the present Constitution.

Transitory Provisions

Article 10

The Chamber created in Article 10 shall be composed of seven justices and the alternates determined by law, who shall be elected by the Legislative Assembly by a vote of at least two-thirds of its membership. The Legislative Assembly shall appoint the members of the Chamber within the ten sessions following publication of this law. Two of them shall be elected among the members of the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, which number of members shall be therefore reduced.

As long as a law relating to the constitutional jurisdiction has not been enacted, the Chamber shall continue hearing any matters within its competence, even those pending, in accordance with the appropriate provisions in force.
(As added by Law No. 7128, August 18, 1989).

Article 13

I (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961)

Article 16

The persons who have opted for another nationality and have lost the Costa Rican nationality may recover it in accordance with Article 16 as amended, by means of simple application, oral or written, before the Civil Registry. This office shall take note and conduct the appropriate proceedings. The application shall be filed within two years following the entrance into force of this amendment.
(Sole transitory provision, Law No. 7514, June 6, 1995).

Article 78

Until enactment of the law to which the second paragraph of Article 78 of the Constitution refers, the gross domestic product shall be determined in accordance with the procedure established by a decree issued by the Executive Branch.
(Sole transitory provision, Law No. 7676, July 23, 1997).

Article 85

II (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961)

Article 85

For fiscal years 1977 to 1980 inclusive, the University of Costa Rica, the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and the National University shall be allocated under the General Budget of Expenditures of the State, any subsidies necessary to supplement their revenues in order to guarantee them, in accordance with the availability of funds established by Law 5909 of June 10, 1976, the global amounts for operation indicated for those same years in conformity with the document "Resumen de acuerdos de las Instituciones de Educacin Superior y propuesta financiera al Gobierno para el desarrollo de la Educacin Superior" (Summary of Agreements of the Institutions of Higher Education and Financial Proposal to the Government for the Development of Higher Education), approved by the Liaison Committee on September 6, 1976 on the basis of the Agreement for Coordination of Higher Education in Costa Rica.

As for investment expenditures, the Executive Branch shall negotiate by common agreement with the National Council of Rectors the international loans that may be necessary and will take charge of financing the counterpart funds and the resulting debt service for the entire appropriate period, taking into account the availability of fiscal resources.

Not later than the 1979-1980 sessions, the Legislative Assembly shall establish the constitutional provisions necessary to guarantee an effective financing for higher education, as established in Article 85 for the years subsequent to 1980.
(As added by Article 2, Law No. 6052, June 15, 1977.)

Article 85

During the five-year term of 1981-1985, the distribution of the special fund to which this article refers shall be as follows: 59% for the University of Costa Rica, 11.5% for the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, 23.5% for the National University and 6% for the State Remote Education University.
(As added by Law No. 6580, May 18, 1991.)

Article 98

III (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 100

The current Justices of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal can continue in office until expiration of their current constitutional terms, under the same working conditions of their appointment, or abide by the amended provisions.
(As added by Law No. 2345, May 20, 1959)

Article 100

The election of the three new alternate Justices shall take place within two months following enactment of this constitutional amendment. In this act, the Supreme Court of Justice shall fix by draw the date of expiration of the term in office of said alternate justices, in order to adjust it to the date of expiration of the term in office of the alternates appointed before this amendment and to proceed thereafter to elect two of the alternates every two years.
(As added by Law No. 3513 of June 24, 1965)

Article 101

IV (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 104

V (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article E 106

VI (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 116

VIII. The Legislative Assembly members elected at the elections to be held in October, nineteen hundred and forty-nine, called for the purpose by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, shall take office on the eighth day of November of said year, ceasing to perform their duties as such on the thirty-first day of October, nineteen hundred and fifty-three.

The President of the Republic, the Vice Presidents and the Legislative Assembly members to be elected at the elections of nineteen hundred and fifty-three, which date shall be fixed in due course by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, shall hold office for four and a half years, that is: the President and Vice presidents from the eighth day of November of that year to the eighth day of May, nineteen hundred and fifty-eight, and the Legislative Assembly members from the first day of November, nineteen hundred and fifty-three to the thirtieth day of April, nineteen hundred and fifty-eight, in order that thereafter the Presidential Term may start on the eighth day of May, the Legislative Assembly may be installed on the first of that month, and the elections for President and Legislative Assembly members may be held in February of the same year.

Article 132

VIII (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 132 (Subsection 1)

The current ex-Presidents of the Republic may be reelected only once in accordance with the provisions of Article 132 prior to this amendment.
(As added by Law No. 4349, July 11, 1969.)

Article 138

IX (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 140

X (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 141

XI (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 141

XI. The Cabinet Ministers who are appointed at the beginning of the next presidential term shall have the functions specified in the existing laws concerning the Secretaries of State, until new legislation is enacted on the subject.

Article 156

XII (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 158

XIII (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 162

XV (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 171

XVI (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 171

The Municipal Council Members elected at the elections held in February, nineteen hundred and sixty-two shall hold office from the first day of July, nineteen hundred and sixty-two to the thirtieth day of April, nineteen hundred and sixty-six.
(As added by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 173

XVII (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 177 (First paragraph)

The percentage to which Article 177 refers for the budget of the Judicial Branch shall be fixed in an amount equal to no less than three and one fourth percent for 1958; in an amount equal to no less than four percent for 1959 and in an amount equal to no less than one percent more for each of the subsequent years, until reaching the minimum six percent indicated.
(As added by Laws No. 2122 of May 22, 1975, No. 2345 of May 20, 1959 and No. 2738 of May 12, 1961, all of which have kept this text)

Article 177(third paragraph)

The Costa Rican Social Security Administration Fund shall accomplish a comprehensive coverage of the various types of Social Security benefits for which it is responsible, including family protection under the health and maternity plan, within a period of time not to exceed ten years, counted from the date of enactment of this constitutional amendment.
(As amended by No. Law 2738, May 12, 1961.)

Article 178

XVIII (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)

Article 183

XIX (Repealed by subsection 1, sole article of Law No. 2741, May 12, 1961.)