Brazil’s Supreme Court trying its hand at digital justice

Supreme Court Brazil digital justice

Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court is a strange beast. Its 11 members—often selected based on personal connections and ideological alignment as opposed to professional aptitude—are given bizarre powers to stall and fast-track cases at a whim. In recent years, the court has become awash with individual injunctions and justices playing out political proxy wars in full view of the public. The result is a bloated system and a jaw-dropping backlog of cases.

The justices themselves cannot shoulder all the blame for this, however. The STF, as it is known, has three main...

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