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Third female Minister to take office at the Brazilian Supreme Court

 Monday, January 2nd, 2012


In a brief ceremony on December 19th, 2011, Rosa Maria Weber Candiota da Rosa took office as Justice of the Supreme Federal Court, filling the vacancy left by former Justice Ellen Gracie, who retired last August. She is the third woman to join the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), completing the quorum of eleven Ministers.

The solemn act took place at the Court’s Plenary, under the presidency of Chief Justice Peluso, coinciding with the closure of the Judicial Year.

Among the guests, there were the President of the Federal Senate, José Sarney; the President of the Deputies Chamber, Marco Maia; the Minister of Justice, Eduardo Cardozo; the Presidents of the Superior Courts (STJ, STM, TST and TSE); Presidents of Justice Tribunals; retired Ministers of the Supreme Court; the President of the Brazilian Bar Association, Ophir Cavalcante, and the members of the National Justice Council, among other authorities.



Rosa Maria Weber Candiota da Rosa was born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. She took her degree of Bachelor of Social and Juridical Sciences in 1971, as laureated student. She entered the Labour Magistrature in 1976, as substitute judge of the Regional Labour Tribunal (TRT) of the 4th Region (Rio Grande do Sul). Several times convoked to act in the second instance since 1986, she was promoted by merit on August, 1991 to the position of gowned judge of the TRT of the 4th Region, where presided during the biennium 2001-2003. She was summoned in May, 2004 to act at the Superior Labour Court (TST) and, on February 21st, 2006, she took office as Minister of the TST.



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