Chief justices of Costa Rica of Costa Rica
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Incumbent
Fernando Cruz Castro

since 13 May 2013
Term length4 years
Inaugural holderManuel Barberena
Formation25 January 1825
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List of chief justices (es: Magistrados Presidentes) of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica.[1]

Chief Justices  Term   Notes
Manuel Barberena Elected in 1825, refused the position
José Simeón Guerrero de Arcos y Cervantes 1826–1827 Elected in 1825; began term in 1826
Agustín Gutiérrez y Lizaurzábal 1829–1830 Elected in 1829, position ended in 1830 as a new Court was elected according to constitutional reform
Manuel Aguilar Chacón Elected in 1830, declined
José Sacasa y Méndez 1830–1831 Elected in 1830, resigned in 1831
José Simeón Guerrero de Arcos y Cervantes 1831–1832 Elected in 1831, suspended in 1832
Atanasio Gutiérrez y Lizaurzábal 1832–1833 Elected in 1832, position ended in 1833 as a new Court was elected according to constitutional reform
José Simeón Guerrero de Arcos y Cervantes 1833–1836 Elected in 1833, abandoned in 1836 and Court was dissolved
Luz Blanco y Zamora 1836–1839
Pedro César y Urroz 1839–1841
Luz Blanco y Zamora 1841–1842
José Rafael de Gallegos y Alvarado Elected in 1842, refused to take office
Nicolás Ulloa Soto Elected in 1842, refused to take office
Manuel Mora Fernández 1842 Position ended after Coup d'état that year
Ramón Castro y Ramírez 1843–1844
Santos Velázquez y Tinoco Elected in 1845, refused to take office
Luz Blanco y Zamora 1845–1846
Eusebio Prieto y Ruiz 1846–1847 Appointed by Senate in 1846
Rafael Ramírez Hidalgo 1847–1850 Elected as Court Regent in 1847
Juan Mora Fernández 1850–1854 Regent 1850–1856
Rafael Ramírez Hidalgo 1854–1856
Vicente Herrera Zeledón 1856–1860
José María Castro Madriz 1860–1866
Manuel Alvarado y Barroeta 1866–1868 Interim
José Gregorio Trejos Gutiérrez 1868–1869
Juan José Ulloa Solares 1869–1870 Regent between 1869–1873; Chief Justice after 1870 when the Court was reorganized
José María Castro Madriz 1870–1873
Vicente Sáenz Llorente 1873–1876
Eusebio Figueroa Oreamuno 1876–1878
Miguel Macaya de la Esquina 1878–1880
Rafael Orozco González 1880–1886
José Antonio Pinto Castro 1886–1887 Appointed by Congress 1886–1890; died in office
Vicente Sáenz Llorente 1887–1888 Interim
José Rodríguez Zeledón 1888–1889 Elected to end Pinto's period, resigned in 1889
Vicente Sáenz Llorente 1889–1890 Interim
Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno 1890–1892 Resigned before time in 1892 due to President Rodríguez's dissolution of Congress
Ramón Carranza Ramírez 1892–1894 Interim
Manuel Vicente Jiménez Oreamuno 1894–1898
José Rodríguez Zeledón 1898–1902
Pedro María León-Páez y Brown Refused the position
Manuel Vicente Jiménez Oreamuno 1902–1904
Alejandro Alvarado García 1904–1912
Pedro Pérez Zeledón Refused the position
Alejandro Alvarado García 1912–1915 Resigned one year before ending his term
Benito Serrano Jiménez 1915–1916
Ezequiel Gutiérrez Iglesias 1916–1917
Ascensión Esquivel Ibarra 1917–1920
Nicolás Oreamuno Ortiz 1920–1934
Octavio Béeche Argüello 1934–1935
Luis Dávila Solera 1935–1938
Víctor Guardia Quirós 1938–1945
Enrique Guier Sáenz 1945–1948
José María Vargas Pacheco 1948 May 8–11; Appointed by ruling Junta; resigned soon after
Gerardo Guzmán Quirós 1948–1949 Appointed by ruling Junta
Jorge Guardia Carazo 1949–1955
Fernando Baudrit Solera 1955–1975 Died in office
Fernando Coto Albán 1975–1983
Ulises Odio Santos 1983–1986
Miguel Blanco Quirós 1986–1990
Edgar Cervantes Villalta 1990–1999
Luis Paulino Mora Mora 1999–2013 Died in office
Zarela Villanueva Monge 2013–2017 First female Chief Justice
Carlos Chinchilla Sandí 2017–2018
Fernando Cruz Castro 2018–

Legend:

Served Refused Interim Incumbent

References

  1. ^ "Historia de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de Costa Rica" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 November 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)