Brazil’s Supreme Court Limits Lawmakers’ Jurisdiction Privileges

Decision by Justices to only hear cases which crime was committed during lawmaker's mandate may reduce some of the impunity now enjoyed by politicians.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court (STF) decided on Thursday to restrict privileged forum for federal representatives and senators. By seven votes to four, the Justices decided that federal lawmakers can only have a case heard in the STF if the criminal offense is related to the elected position and committed during the mandate. Otherwise, the case should be referred to the lower courts.

Special jurisdiction privileges entitle authorities who have certain ranks of public office, members of Congress, cabinet members, and the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?