Court in Rio to Adopt “Faceless Judges” to Combat Death Threats

Rio's State Court will implement new procedures designed to protect the safety of the judges hearing cases involving drug trafficking, money laundering, organized crime, and paramilitary groups.

By Dorah Feliciano, Contributing Reporter

BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL – With over twenty judges threatened with death and living under police protection, the Rio de Janeiro State Court (TJ-RJ) is adopting extreme measures: it is discussing the creation of a special circuit court to prosecute cases involving corruption, drug trafficking, money laundering, organized crime, and paramilitary groups.

The circuit court would have a group of "faceless judges" prosecuting the cases, instead of a single magistrate overlooking a specific case.

The idea of "faceless judges", say Rio officials was inspired by Italy's judiciary, who acted similarly in cases involving the Mafia . . .

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