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(Jan 02, 2008) On December 5, 2007, the Brazilian Senate approved a proposed law that amends the Code of Criminal Procedure, particularly the part that regulates the procedures of trial by jury. One of the amendments curtails the impact of a step (libelo acusatório) that sometimes is used for procrastination purposes only and that may take up to three days during the trial, by limiting it to only two hours. Another amendment eliminates the automatic right for a new trial in criminal sentences of more than 20 years, which, in practice, means that the criminal process starts all over again.

According to Senator Ideli Salvatti, coordinator of the group that analyzed the proposed amendments, an expeditious criminal process is essential in the fight against persons who violate the law with impunity. (Senado Aprova Mudanças no Tribunal do Júri para Acelerar Processos, JURID, Dec. 6, 2007.)

Author: Eduardo Soares More by this author
Topic: Crime and law enforcement More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Brazil More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 01/02/2008