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The President of the Supreme Federal Court opens the Judicial Year of 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Today, the Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Joaquim Barbosa, opened the Judicial Year of 2013 of the Brazilian judiciary. Justice Joaquim Barbosa declared that he will make a great effort to speed up the proceedings of cases before the Supreme Court, above all the cases that affect all Brazilian courts.

“In particular, I would like the year 2013 to be remembered, in the future, as the year in which, due to technological, structural and mentality changes, the judicial system became more fair, more rational and more understandable”, Justice Joaquim Barbosa observed.

He mentioned that, out of 65,000 cases before the Court’s docket, 700 cases are set for judgment, and many of them had the general repercussion of the constitutional issued recognized. Such cases will therefore affect more than 500,000 cases stayed in lower courts (cases stayed are those waiting for the STF to decide a similar issue).

In his speech, the President of the Supreme Federal Court also defended the valorization of the judges as well as the staff of the judiciary, observing that that technical and legal improvement of the judiciary, as well as a fair remuneration, are necessary for the judiciary, so that judges may have a free and independent performance of their functions. At the end of his speech, he expressed his wishes for a very rewarding year.

The Vice President of the Brazilian Republic, Michel Temer, attended the Plenary of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) representing the President of the Republic, Dilma Rousseff. He remarked that the harmony and independence between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Powers are the pillars of the Brazilian democracy. The Vice-President praised the role of the Brazilian judiciary in having the ultimate say on what the law is in our country, as well as the legal mechanisms created by the Federal Constitution of 1988 to provide citizens with instruments to demand against potential omissions of the state.

Many authorities attended the ceremony, among them: the Ministry of Justice, José Eduardo Cardozo; retired Supreme Court justices; the Attorney General of the Republic, Roberto Gurgel; the presidents of the Higher Courts and representatives of State Courts of Appeals; representatives of the judges associations, the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU) and the Advocacy General of the Union.

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