Beyond Independence and Accountability
Edited by Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek
Chapter 3: Beyond independence and accountability: balancing judicial regulation in Brazil
This chapter provides an assessment of the specific realities of judicial regulation in Brazil by using the construct of the regulatory pyramid as the conceptual framework. After situating the political backdrop, it introduces the main values and institutional mechanisms that influence the court system in Brazil, along with the resources that support it. Then, it addresses the societal outcomes that the judiciary intends to achieve, namely confidence in access to justice and satisfaction with timeliness in the resolution of disputes. Finally, it concludes by arguing that the Brazilian ways of privileging higher and federal courts should be reconsidered.
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