The National Justice Council of Brazil has just approved the adoption of a totally remote system of Justice by the Judiciary instances. Known as “100% digital Justice”, it will be an option to the parties in a judicial procedure.
In an era marked by rapid technological advancement, the convergence of digital innovation and the legal system has given rise to the concept of Digital Justice. Brazil, a country renowned for its rich legal history, has embarked on a journey to adapt its jurisdiction to the digital age. This article delves into the realm of Digital Justice within the Brazilian legal landscape, exploring its significance, challenges, and implications.
Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometres and with over 211 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous.
For the moment, the system, when adopted by the Brazilian courts, will be facultative.
However, the CNJ understands that it will bring more efficiency to the proceedings, meeting the constitutional principle of the reasonable duration of the judicial process, a fundamental right, according to the Brazilian Constitution.
The decision was made considering the successful experience that the courts had with the remote proceedings adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brazil implemented the electronic process system in 20**. Since then, many measures are being taken to eliminate paper based process. Now, the digital era is covering all the system, including hearings and judgement sessions.
It seems that Brazilian Justice maybe very close to the on line courts model, in the words of Richard Susskind, strengthening the idea that Justice is a service, and not a venue.
As Brazil strides toward a digital future, the integration of technology into its legal framework holds immense promise. Digital Justice stands as a beacon of progress, reimagining the way legal disputes are addressed and resolved in the modern era. By addressing challenges, protecting digital rights, and fostering a collaborative ecosystem, Brazil is poised to emerge as a global leader in Digital Justice, setting a precedent for other nations to follow.