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Chief Justice Lewandowski closes the National Meeting of the Judiciary Power in Florianópolis (SC)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) and president of the National Council of Justice (CNJ), Ricardo Lewandowski, announced on Tuesday (11), in Florianópolis (SC), the Brazilian Justice’s commitments for 2015. Among the seven objectives approved by the Presidents of Brazilian courts on the VIII National Meeting of the Judiciary Branch are promote conciliations and judge more of the main litigants’ appeals and the repetitive appeals. The measures’ objectives are to avoid that new judicial actions further overload the Country’s courts. In 2013, there were 95 million legal cases being processed in the Justice, of which only about 30% of them were settled by the Judiciary over the past year.

The mission of the Federal Justice for next year will be to increase the solved cases via conciliation, according to the 3rd Objective. According to Chief Justice Lewandowski, it is necessary to emphasize the search of the conciliation to settle “this explosion of litigiousness, a phenomenon that occurs in Brazil and in the entire world.”

The 7th Objective established that the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), the Labor Justice and the State Justice will prioritize, next year, the judgment of the great litigants’ cases. In 2012, CNJ’s survey pointed that the federal public sector and the banks answered for 76% of the cases being processed on the Justice.

Still according to the 7th Objective, the judgment of repetitive appeals will also be prioritized. Repetitive appeals refer to those cases that propose identical theses based on the same law matter. When they are considered repetitive, the appeals are halted, that is, they remain suspended until a superior court pronounces itself concerning the matter. The decision of the court is valid to all the repetitive appeals of the same group.

“We are learning with our experience that we must impede that the great litigants continue with their action, many times harmful, to overflow the archive bins of our Justice and also we should take decisions that impede that the actions repeat themselves indefinitely, although they have been judged definitely by the various instances of the different specialized Justices,” he affirmed.


The collegiate of Presidents of Brazilian courts maintained two historical objectives related to the productivity of the justices. The 1st Objective determines that the magistrates must judge, throughout 2015, a greater number of cases than the quantity of legal actions that entered throughout the year. The 2nd Objective refers to the trial of old cases. Both objectives must be fulfilled by all the segments of the Brazilian Justice.

The 4th Objective that prioritizes the judgment of processes related to cases of corruption and administrative improbity were also approved by the third year. The VIII National Meeting also approved the 5th Objective, according to which the Labor Justice and the Federal Justice must stimulate the execution processes. According to the 6th Objective, the STJ, the Labor Justice, the State Justice and the Federal Justice are committed to prioritize the judgment of the collective actions.

According to the evaluation of Chief Justice Lewandowski, the definition process of the 2015 objectives took into account the “human aspects,” such as health and magistrates’ and staffs’ quality of life. “We verified that, besides the main statistics on the Judiciary, according to the measure of the past few years the justices practically reached the limit, passing about 1.4 to 1.5 thousand sentences per year. That is a superhuman effort that begins to affect the health, well-being and the quality of life of magistrates and staff,” the Chief Justice stated.

The concern of the Brazilian Judiciary gathered at the VIII National Meeting of the Judiciary with the health of the courts’ human resources substantiated the creation of the strategic guideline according to which all segments of the Justice must “zeal for the conditions of health and quality of life at the workplace of magistrates and staff.”

Source: CNJ

Photo: Gláucio Dettmar/CNJ Agency

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