Supreme Court Accumulates at Least 261 Unfinished Judgments after Voting Interruption

View requests drag cases for years and prevent resolutions


The Supreme Federal Court has at least 261 unfinished judgments by decision of the president of the court or requests for a review made by the other justices.

This is what the court figures revealed Friday (24). The interruptions, in some cases, have lasted five years or more.

One of the most notorious cases awaiting finalization in court involves President Jair Bolsonaro.

In October 2020, the ministers began deliberating on the format of testimony that the president should give in the inquiry that investigates the suspicion of interference in the Federal Police to protect relatives and allies.

The trial has had a single vote so far. Celso de Mello, then rapporteur, rejected granting "privileges" and "selective treatment" and argued that the president should testify in person to the Federal Police. The Chief Executive wants to be interrogated in writing.

The analysis was suspended by the president of the Supreme Court, Minister Luiz Fux, after the intervention of the then court's dean, who said goodbye to the court on his retirement. Fux wanted to honor his colleague and dedicated the session exclusively to Celso's vote.

Almost a year later, the case is back on the agenda. It is scheduled to be analyzed this Wednesday (29).

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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