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Online plenary sessions of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court increase productivity

The enhanced use of the online sessions by the plenary of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), adopted on March 12 as an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures in place in Brazil, has had a positive impact on the productivity of the Court. From March 12 to May 4, the online platform enabled the plenary to issue 780 rulings.

During the first four months of the year, a total 1202 decisions were made online by the plenary, a figure 25% higher compared to the same period in 2019. About 2/3 of the decisions were issued during the second half of the four-month period, due to the enhanced use of the online sessions.

The overall figure of online rulings, between January and the end of April, is 4316, including the plenary and the two chambers. The online sessions have been part of the routine of the Court since 2007. The fast-track channel for actions related to the pandemic has received 1812 cases since its implementation, in mid-March, and 1647 rulings (collegiate and monocratic) have been issued.

Besides the online sessions, the 11 Justices of the Federal Supreme Court have kept the regular schedule of plenary sessions twice a week through videoconferencing since early April. The same tool has also been used for the weekly sessions of the chambers.

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