RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One in every five judicial benches in Brazil is vacant, according to data from the National Council of Justice (CNJ). According to the body, in 2018 there were approximately 18,000 magistrates in office and some 4,400 vacant positions.
The majority (69 percent) are in the state courts, which show a 22 percent vacancy rate. In the federal courts, which has just over 1,900 judges, the vacancy rate is 24 percent.
The lack of magistrates is one of the obstacles to the implementation of the so-called "judge of guarantees" created by the anti . . .