Replacement of STF Justices Sparks Political Dispute, Challenges Bolsonaro’s Favorites

STJ Chief Judge João Otávio de Noronha and Minister of Justice André Mendonça are the favorites for the STF positions that will become open this year and in 2021.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - No one looks at a résumé to choose a Supreme Court (STF) Justice, but rather their political connections. This maxim circulating among experienced senators in Brasília has been considered more by the legal community than by the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro. He is in charge of appointing Celso de Mello's replacement in November this year and Marco Aurélio Mello's replacement in July 2021. Both will leave the Court as they reach the age limit of 75 to serve in the Judicial Branch.

The selection of a replacement for Celso . . .

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