The President of the Supreme Court (STF) and of the National Council of Justice (CNJ), Justicer Cezar Peluso, announced that the Brazilian Judiciary will integrate an international consortium that will establish common methodology for collecting statistical data of the judicial system. The invitation to the Brazilian participation was made by Mary Campbell McQueen, president of the National Center for State Courts, in the United States. McQueen traveled to Brazil at the invitation of Justice Peluso to participate in the III Seminar “Justice in Numbers”. In addition to McQueen, other international experts also attended the event: Barbara Scherer, from the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), Carl Reynolds, chairman of the Texas Court System, Juan Enrique Vargas Viancos of the Center for Justice Studies of the Americas (CEJA), and Ildefonso Created Villan, from the Iberoamerican Judicial Summit (CJI). They were welcomed by the chief justice on the court.
According to McQueen, a group of five countries have been working with the U.S. to establish an international framework for the statistics of the Judiciary. For the U.S. official, systematic data of Justice is a new issue for all countries, although it is fundamental to the judiciary itself. In conversation with Justice Peluso, McQueen praised the report Justice in Numbers. She highlighted Brazil's capacity to collect national data on the Judiciary, although the extent of the country and the political organization in federative form. She added that the methodology used by Brazil highlights fundamental aspects of judicial activity, such as access to justice, speed of lawsuits and the flow of processes, among others.
Other international experts emphasized the quality and comprehensiveness of the report Justice in Numbers. All of them declared their interest in deepening cooperation with the Brazilian judiciary.
Justice Peluso thanked the presence of everyone in the seminar. As he had done while addressing the opening of the seminar, Peluso said the challenge imposed on the judiciary at this point is to use the survey data for policy planning aimed at improving adjudication. He reiterated the importance it attaches to international cooperation as a tool for improvement of the judiciary at home. He noted that the data collected by the Justice in Numbers allow the elaboration of a more precise diagnosis of the current state of the judiciary and reinforce the priorities of his management of the judiciary: the need for harmonization of state justices, where are the vast majority of lawsuits in Brazil.
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