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In 2016, Brazil's Justice System Resolved 27% of All Lawsuits

09/05/2017 - 08h58

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LETÍCIA CASADO
FROM BRASÍLIA

According to the Justice System Statistics report ("Justiça em Números"), in 2016, the Brazilian justice system resolved merely 27% of all lawsuits. The report, which was elaborated by the National Justice Council (CNJ), was released on Monday (the 4th). Each judge solved on average seven cases per day.

The report did not take into consideration the case solution rate of Brazil's Supreme Court (STF).

"The congestion rate, which takes into account the percentage of pending lawsuits [that have not yet been concluded], remained high in 2016, totalling 73%. That goes to say that merely 27% of all lawsuits were resolved", the National Justice Council said.

79.7 million lawsuits were still pending by the end of last year, a 3.6% increase when compared to 2015. While on the one hand the courts managed to settle 29.4 million cases, on the other, an additional 29.4 million new lawsuits were filed.

Nevertheless, the document stated that the figures "don't mean that Brazilian judges are not productive".

The results reflect multiple factors that block the flow of lawsuits in Brazil's justice system. On top of all the lawsuits being processed, the amount of appeals – which either entail requests to reactivate or annul lawsuits – extends the duration of millions of lawsuits.

Tax execution lawsuits make up 38% of all lawsuits within the justice system, and only 9 in every 100 go to trial.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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The Justice sculpture in front of Brazil's Supreme Court,in Brasilia
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