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(Apr 02, 2008) On March 12, 2008, Justice Gilmar Mendes was elected to preside over the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court for the next two years and Justice Cezar Peluso was elected vice-president. Justice Mendes will also preside over the National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça), a judicial agency responsible for the administrative and financial control of the judiciary and the supervision of judges. However, to take over this concurrent position, according to a 2004 constitutional amendment that reformed the judiciary (Emenda Constitucional No. 45/2004), Mendes still needs to be questioned by the Federal Senate. The requirement was criticized by Justice Marco Aurélio, who said that the questioning is a form of submission. The current President of the Federal Supreme Court, Justice Ellen Gracie, explained that a proposal for a constitutional amendment suppressing the requirement is under consideration by the legislative branch of the government. (Press Release, Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), Eleito novo presidente do STF e do CNJ, ministro Gilmar Mendes quer fortalecer Estado constitucional (Mar. 12, 2008).)

Author: Eduardo Soares More by this author
Topic: Judiciary More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Brazil More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008