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Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court presents semiannual report and highlights transparency and administrative modernization actions

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) and president of the National Council of Justice (CNJ),  Dias Toffoli, released, on Monday morning (1st), a report on the activities carried out in the first half of 2019 in STF and CNJ. According to Dias Toffoli, the data show that 94% of the cases are processed through electronic means, which represents the efforts made "to achieve greater efficiency, transparency and accountability for the provision of high quality judicial services."

Toffoli added that one of the main directives of his management in the biennium 2018/2020 "is the administrative modernization and the promotion of technological innovation", citing the regimental changes that allowed the extension of the categories of processes to be judged electronically. The Chief Justice also recalled an update in the system that provides in real time the conclusions of the votes of the Justices in the virtual trial.


Another point highlighted by the Supreme Court president is the importance of working predictably for the Plenary's trials. In this sense, Dias Toffoli cited the disclosure of the guidelines six months in advance. "The measure makes it possible for lawyers, public and private institutions, the press and society in general to mobilize in relation to the established processes, allowing the establishment of the public debate necessary to solve issues of great national relevance," said the STF's Chief Justice.

According to the Chief Justice, no Constitutional Court in the world has a volume of trials and subjects as varied as the Brazilian Supreme Court. He stressed that there are numerous efforts to reduce the number of cases pending before the Court and said that the current acquis has 35.800 cases, one of the smallest since the enactment of the Federal Constitution in 1988.

TheChief Justice of the STF said that there is still a forecast of a decrease of this collection with the changes that have been adopted regarding the admissibility of extraordinary appeals that go up to the Supreme Court. "With the strengthening in the Presidency of the management of the general repercussion and the analysis of the resources that are manifestly unbearable, the distribution to the Justices' offices of 70% of the grievances in extraordinary appeals received by the Tribunal has been avoided, "he said. He also said that the presidency will soon be analyzing 100% of these appeals.


Only in the first half of 2019, 57,400 decisions were made, between monocratic and collegiate ones. Sixty-three plenary sessions were held at the Supreme Court, 40 of which were face-to-face, 21 virtual and two solemn, resulting in the trial of 1,600 cases.

Among these trials, Dias Toffoli highlighted themes of great national repercussion, such as the criminalization of homophobia and transphobia; the legitimacy of the sacrifice of animals in religious rituals; the unconstitutionality of the ban on passenger transportation by use of applications; the removal of the obligation of the State to supply medicine not registered with Anvisa, except in exceptional cases; and the illegitimacy of the Labor Reform norm that allowed the work of pregnant women and infants in unhealthy activities.


The Chief Justice of the STF also mentioned initiatives developed to promote greater interaction between the Judiciary and society. According to him, "the expansion of the Central Citizen, which is now linked directly to the Presidency; the # FakeNewsNo campaign; the Multisectorial Panel on Information Check and Fighting False News; and the "Aqui Tem Justiça" campaign, aimed at the dissemination of information about projects and decisions of the Judiciary in social networks, are examples of that".

In the CNJ's activities report, Dias Toffoli highlighted programs that were developed and improved to better serve the prison population and early childhood.

In the case of the "Present Justice" program, solutions to the problems involving the more than 700 thousand people serving in prison in Brazil are sought. Toffoli said that last week an agreement was signed with the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) to do the biometrization of the entire Brazilian prison population and the documentation of this population.

STF report.

CNJ report.


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