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Exchangees highlight computerization and Human Resource Management at the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil (STF)

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

A new exchange group of magistrates and public servants holding office in the Judiciary branch of MERCOSUR Member-States is welcomed at the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF). They take part in the second edition of the Joaquim Nabuco Exchange Program beginning October 10th, seeking to get acquainted with the Brazilian legal reality, to reflect on differences between our legal systems and to bring the results of that experience back home.

Among them, there are six exchangees from Chile (two judges and four servants) and one from Uruguay (Advisor to a Minister of the Uruguayan Supreme Court). They have been accompanied by the Advisory for Foreign Affairs (AIN) of the Presidency of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil, which is also responsible for the schedule of activities developed during the two-week stay. In this period, they participate in lectures and debates regarding Law related themes, they assist to trial sessions and the routine of some of the STF secretariats, besides visiting other courts based in Brasília.


Besides their general interest in the Judiciary, exchangees cling to the matters related to their functions. As an example of that we can name judges Leopoldo Soto and Luis Rolando, both from Chile, and advisor Gustavo Nicastro, from Uruguay. They praised the National Council of Justice (CNJ), the magistrates’ legal knowledge and the speedy resolution of labor cases. Also, transparency and solemnity were issues that overwhelmed them.

“I admired the Ministers’ opinions at the full-bench Session, since in Uruguay judgements are secret. This publicity brings the judicial system closer to citizens and it’s a good example to be followed”, says Gustavo. Rolando, who shares this opinion, also pointed out the magistrates’ clothing: “The use of gown caught my eye. I believe we should wear it in Chile as well, since we can’t agree on what to wear and, during sessions, we look like a mosaic of colors”, he stated.

Human Resource Management

Marco Ortúzar works at the Judicial Secretariat of the Constitutional Court of Chile, a small Court with only 70 employees, which is not the case for the STF that has about 2.700 of them. It is with admiration that he makes reference to the STF Secretariat. “Your system is impressive by its organization, work decentralization, amount of resources and the specialized functions by sectors”, informs Marco. He would like as well to implement the STF computerization model in his country, which, according to him, still uses too much paper.

Advisor to a Family Law Judge in Chile, Alda Opazo compliments the STF Human Resources policy. “It was really important to see the care and concern that the STF puts in dealing with its servants, the medical assistance offered, the services for persons with special needs. I would like to bring this idea to Chile, since I am the national director of an association and a technical advisor.”

Exchangees expressed satisfaction with their experience. They are enjoying the opportunity to get to know the Capital, to walk through the Three Powers Square and visit monuments. They don’t speak Portuguese, but they guarantee they understand everything Brazilians say.

Get to know more:

A semester of great learning in the MERCOSUR legal exchange programs

Court servants evaluate the Mercosur and associate countries exchange experience


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