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Brazil’s Justice system could be the next Covid-19 victim

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TJ-SP, São Paulo’s highest state court. Photo: TJSP

Brazil is in its second week of social isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so far recording 62 deaths and almost 2,500 infections. Some states have already put their citizens under quarantine and forecasts for the country’s economic future are bleak. The prospect of recession and widespread bankruptcy has led Brazil’s Justice system to fear a new problem on the horizon: a huge influx of administration pleas from business owners.

Last year, requests for court-supervised reorganization fell 1.5 percent. This year, cases continued to decrease until March, but the Covid-19 pandemic and state-wide lockdowns are likely to cause requests...

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