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What to expect from Brazil’s Supreme Court in 2020?

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The Brazilian judiciary year ended on December 19, with the final sitting of the Supreme Court. The year 2019 saw the land’s highest tribunal decide on a number of controversial issues, including the possibility of carrying out jail sentences after a single failed appeal, the constitutionality of sharing information between oversight bodies and law enforcement, and the criminalization of those who do not pay tax.

The court made over 110,000 decisions last year, including individual rulings and those rendered by the collective body of justices. This year, the Supreme Court will seek to take itself out of the spotlight somewhat,...

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