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Chief Justice Dias Toffoli opens Judicial Year and highlights the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court's commitment to guaranteeing fundamental rights


At the opening of the Judicial Year 2020, the Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Dias Toffoli, said on Monday morning (3) that the Court will remain "committed and fearless" in guaranteeing fundamental rights, public freedoms, and to moderate and pacify the country's major conflicts, as a way to promote the legal security necessary for the resumption of development.

Chief Justice Dias Toffoli said that the driving force of the STF this year will be to seek the attainment of the fundamental objectives of the Republic as set forth in Article 3 of the Federal Constitution: to build a free, just and solidary society; to guarantee national development; to eradicate poverty and marginalization and reduce social and regional inequalities; and to promote the welfare of all, without prejudice of origin, race, sex, color, age or any other form of discrimination.

The Chief Justice has emphasized that he will maintain the institutional dialogue with the other Powers, with the institutions essential to Justice and with society. "If we have today a consolidated democracy, in which public freedoms are widely exercised and the fundamental rights are reaffirmed, this is due, to a large extent, to the solidity of our Justice system", he pointed out.

According to Chief Justice Dias Toffoli, the Brazilian Judiciary is one of the most productive in the world and continuously advances in efficiency and speed. Quoting the report "Justice in Figures of 2019", he cited that the number of cases in progress throughout the country, in 2018, was reduced by 1 million, breaking with a historical series of fifteen years of continuous increase in the collection.

"The national Judiciary presented the highest productivity rates of the last 10 years. A total of 32 million final sentences were handed down; 1,877 cases were dismissed by magistrates. The results achieved are due to the dedication and daily and tireless work of the 18,141 magistrates, 272,138 employees, 73,926 outsourced collaborators, 64,609 interns and 21,361 conciliators, lay judges and volunteers, who make up the enormous work force of the Brazilian Judiciary," he said.

The Chief Justice of the STF noted that the numbers reached in 2019 reflect the Court's commitment to efficient judicial provision.

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