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Short Update: Brazilian courts gradually resuming in-person activities in selected regions

FairTrialsAdmin - August 11, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Court closures, Remote Justice

Some regions in Brazil, including some cities in the state of São Paulo, are gradually resuming in-person activities. Particularly in the state of São Paulo, the reopening includes: (i) internal services, (ii) examination of physical proceedings and assistance to the public, and (iii) in-person activities that are strictly necessary. The courts are discussing how to deal with Grand Jury trials, which are responsible for judging relevant crimes in Brazil. Grand Jury trials have been suspended since March, since they require at least 45 people per session (including jurors, lawyers, judge, defendant, public prosecutor, security guards, among others). The possibility of making virtual or semi-presential trials for the resumption of the proceedings is under discussion. 

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