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Nunes Marques takes office as STF Justice

05/11/2020

The Supreme Federal Court, in a solemn session held this Thursday, took over Kassio Nunes Marques as Justice in a ceremony held by videoconference, broadcasted by TV Justiça, and without the presence of guests. Nunes Marques takes the position left by Justice Celso de Mello, who retired in October. The new Justice participates in the first plenary session next Wednesday (11).

The president of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro; of the Federal Senate, Davi Alcolumbre; and of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, attended the ceremony. Also present at the Plenary were the attorney general of the Republic (PGR), Augusto Aras; the president of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Felipe Santa Cruz; and Justices Gilmar Mendes, Dias Toffoli, Luís Roberto Barroso, Edson Fachin and Alexandre de Moraes. Justices Ricardo Lewandowski, Cármen Lúcia, Marco Aurélio and Deputy Chief Justice Rosa Weber attended the solemn session by videoconference.

According to tradition, the new Justice is led to the Plenary by the oldest and the newest Justices of the Court. Since the dean, Justice Marco Aurélio, was unable to attend as he is from the risk group of Covid-19, Nunes Marques was led by the second oldest, Justice Gilmar Mendes, and the newest, Justice Alexandre de Moraes. Then, he sworn the tenure oath and was declared inaugurated by the Chief Justice Luiz Fux.

In a brief statement, the Chief Justice welcomed the new member of the Court. "May God protect your journey," said Luiz Fux, who thanked everyone for their presence and greeted the authorities and guests who did not attend the Plenary due to social isolation but followed the session virtualy. For the Chief Justice, "it is a moment of aggrandizement, in which the Court is completely composed."

First tenure by videoconference

Fux pointed out that the tenure ceremony of the Supreme Court Justices has an abbreviated rite, it is simple and there are no speeches in it. Due to the pandemic, the Court held a solemn tenure of a new member of the Court by videoconference for the first time. The solemn session was restricted and even quicker, only with the acts of protocol of tenure.

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