Costa Rica has always been afflicted with corruption – as all Latin American countries have. It was part of the culture they inherited from 15th Century Spain and Portugal.
But the amount of corruption in Costa Rica has been relatively low, compared to Nicaragua to its north – and Panama to its south. Panama especially, with its rampant corruption documented in the Panama Papers.
This article restored my faith in Costa Rica – and in its courts. But I think I will stay away from the Central Metropolitan Area (commonly referred to as San Jose). I lived there for five years – and was very glad to get out of there.