September 27, 2023
In a groundbreaking decision, Brazil’s National Council of Justice (CNJ), an administrative entity that oversees the Brazilian Judiciary, has approved a rule that aims to promote gender equality within the appellate courts.
In Brazil, three-fifths of the seats at appellate courts are occupied by career judges who get promoted according to seniority and merit. The appellate judges are nominated by the Executive branches (at state and federal levels), based on lists prepared by the courts. CNJ’s groundbreaking rule mandates that the courts must alternate between mixed lists and lists composed exclusively by women. The policy focuses on ensuring a balanced ratio of male to female judges in appellate courts, aiming to mirror the gender composition of society more closely.
Read the full article at: Lexology
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