Brazil is a country with many lawyers and law schools. However, the justice wheels in the country are too slow. Most cases take many years to resolve. Others take decades. For you to understand the reason, there was a visitation made to Judge Laurence Mattos. Mattos’ smile is thin with a gray suit. It looks like his job has made him grow weak. When he speaks, his voice is monotone. For over two decades, Judge Mattos has judged numerous financial cases in the country. The most interesting part of the story is his high workload.
He has over one million cases under his department. His department has only five judges. This makes it hard to execute the cases within the shortest period. It is practically impossible to administrate all these cases. While the judiciary improves efficiency, the best we can do to ease the cases is so insignificant. However, something is going out of hand. His court deals in tax avoidance. He processes the claims together with the local authorities against the tax evaders in Sao Paulo.
For you to understand what the judge works with, the filing center was there to reveal the ordeal. There are numerous columns and rows filled with shelves and paperwork. The room was never enough. For the chamber material to fill the room, they had to place some of the paperwork along the floors. Renato Faria, the head of the processing department, calls this a tremendous amount of work. A professor and litigator at Fundacao Getulio Las School, Luciano de Souza, explains that Brazilians like solving their cases in courts. The country has over 95 million cases underway. This means that there is one lawsuit for two people.
The Brazilian Constitution of 1988 gives people the right to litigation. The people discovered that they could take to court any misunderstanding. For this reason, Brazil has over 1,200 law schools. This means that there are more lawyers in Brazil than the United States.
Mr. Tosto is a prominent strategist and leader in the law industry. He works in one of the best law firms in the country. For this reason, he has established one of the biggest law firms in the country. He has defended numerous companies and personalities in significant cases. He has provided legal services to multinationals and major Brazilian Corporations. He is the pioneer in legal mechanism adoption in the country.
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