With Nepotism Banned in Brazil by Supreme Scores Lose Jobs in Courts

By a vote of 9 to 1, the Brazilian Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal) (STF) ruled Thursday, February 16, that Brazil’s constitution does prohibit nepotism in the Judiciary branch of government.

According to the Chief Justice of the court, Nelson Jobim, the STF ruling makes it mandatory for all relatives of judges to be fired beginning today and nullifies all prior court injunctions to the contrary.

Some 700 injunctions have recently been issued allowing relatives who have not passed civil service exams to remain in their jobs.

The Brazilian equivalent of the bipartisan watchdog Government Accountability Office, the "Tribunal de Contas da União" (TCU), will have the task of monitoring the situation in the Judiciary branch now that the Supreme Court has outlawed nepotism there.

One of the first things that will happen is administrative action by the TCU against any courts that do not immediately cut off the salaries of relatives of judges who have not passed civil service exams.

It is estimated that there are more than 1,800 relatives of judges on court payrolls around the country. Before the Supreme Court ruling yesterday, some 700 of them had gotten court injunctions allowing them to remain in their jobs, receiving their salaries.

According to the Chief Justice, Nelson Jobim, all those injunctions are now null. The relatives must go and if they don’t the judges in the courts where they are employed will be held administratively responsible, declared Jobim, adding that besides the TCU, the government legal department (Ministério Público) will be put into action to ensure that the Supreme Court ruling is complied with.

The president of the Association of Labor Court Judges (Associação Nacional dos Magistrados da Justiça Trabalhista) (Anamatra), José Nilton Pandelot, praised the ruling by the Supreme Court against nepotism, pointing out that it consolidates the authority of the National Justice Council (Conselho Nacional de Justiça) (CNJ) as a Judiciary branch administrative agency

The suit against nepotism in the Judiciary branch that the Supreme Court accepted was brought by the CNJ].

Pandelot went on to say that he intends to join forces with the Brazilian Judges Association (Associação dos Magistrados Brasileiros) (AMB) and sponsor a bill for a constitutional amendment that will eliminate nepotism in all branches of government.

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  • Guest

    My apologies, I mean Mr.Jobim.

  • Guest

    CREDITING THE SUPREME COURT
    The Brazilan Supreme Court should be commended for taking the initative to make this first step.

    Lets hope in future. that many sweeping steps will take place that will help to move this NATION forward.

    Mr. Nelson Jobin, I give you credit!!!

  • Guest

    blackwolf
    wow …the brazil’s supreme court did that?wow ….what a jump ….i hope the rest of brazilians politicians would allow government to take steps like this to move the country towards real development….better late than never….congratulatiom Mr. Nelson jobim.
    blackwolf

  • Guest

    whoops, I meant, did HE say “Do you know who I am”.

  • Guest

    FUNNY BUT SERIOUS
    This is so funny……..but serious!!!

    Forgive me for laughing… its the way you’ve phrased it.

    I can picture this ADULT painting all day for 10,000+ reais per month when there are competent qualified persons out there who are either unemployed or working for peanuts. Did he/she say “Do you know who I am”…

    Its a classic!!!

  • Guest

    wouldn’t you say it’s about time? This country is so far behind the rest of the world in topics like this it makes people from the first world laugh when brazil does things like apply for a permanent seat on the U.N. security council. Brazil is MUCH closer to uncivilized countries like many that exist in Africa than to first world countries in Asia(japan), Europe, and North America.
    I know of a mentally retarded adult that had a position in the TRT(tribunal regional do trabalho) and was receiving a salary of 10,000+ reais per month, all he did was sit at his desk and paint all day, but had his job because of “who” his father is!!! That’s just plain ridiculous. And many wonder why brazil isn’t a country of “efficiency”!

  • Guest

    IF YOU WANT TO GET RID OF NEPOTISM?

    GET RID OF ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT QUALIFIED OR KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND REINSTATE CIVIL SERVANTS WHO ARE QUALIFIED….COMPETENT AND ACCOUNTABLE – TO MOVE BRAZIL FORWARD!!!!!

    NEPOTISM IS EXTREMELY DAMAGING AND IS COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE!!!

  • Guest

    Nepotism !!!!
    Why is nepotism become illegal ONLY in the judiciary system !

    Thousands and thousands of relatives of important political people work in various department of the government, in the Brasilia, or in the various states, various cities and various localities !!!!!!

    No change there. Not a word. It is soon election time and no one wants to reduce his chance of loosing votes.

    THEREFORE THE REDUCTION IN NEPOTISM IS JUST…..MINIMAL !!!!!!!

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