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Brazil’s Supreme Court gets a new chief justice

A discreet former labor judge, Justice Rosa Weber is expected to have a different working style to her most recent predecessors at the head of the Supreme Court

Luiz Fux (left) steps down as Chief Justice of Brazil's Supreme Court to become an associate justice. Rosa Weber takes his place. Photo: Roberto Jayme/Ascom/TSE
Luiz Fux (left) steps down as Chief Justice of Brazil’s Supreme Court to become an associate justice. Rosa Weber takes his place. Photo: Roberto Jayme/Ascom/TSE

Supreme Court Justice Rosa Weber will take over this Monday as chief justice of Brazil’s highest judicial authority — the third woman ever to hold the office.

In Brazil, chief justices serve two-year terms. It is tradition, although not codified in law, to always elect the most senior justice who has not yet served as the 11-member court’s president.

Justice Weber was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2011 by then-President Dilma Rousseff after serving for years as a labor judge. She will not serve a full term as chief justice because she turns 75 in October 2023, when she...

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