After a long waiting period caused by the pandemic, the ministers of the STJ will this week elect the quadruple list of judges of the TRFs.
The court has 33 seats and currently needs to choose the names of two new members, who will take over the vacancies with the retirements of Napoleão Nunes Maia and Nefi Cordeiro.
In the Wednesday session, the ministers will choose their preferred candidates from a list of 16 names of judges who presented themselves to dispute the preference of the magistrates. The four judges who manage to obtain 17 votes from ministers of the STJ will be included in the list of nominees by the Court to President Jair Bolsonaro.
In recent days, Radar heard a portion of STJ magistrates to measure the temperature in the Court. Two judges arrive this week as strong candidates: Paulo Sérgio Domingues (TRF-3) and Messod Azulay Neto (TRF-2). The first, from São Paulo, was president of the Association of Federal Judges of Brazil and has good relations in the Court. The second, from Rio de Janeiro, has the support of the ever-large bench of state ministers in the courtroom.
Former favorite in the dispute, the judge Ney Bello (TRF-1) suffered wear and tear among the magistrates, but arrives with enough force to be cited in third place in the court. As he has a lot of support in the political world of Brasilia, Bello arrived at the beginning of the process as a favorite, but suffered from the deconstruction of the process.
Recently, he managed to reduce friction, such as the tense relationship he had with Nunes Marques, the minister of the STF. Before being sent to the Supreme Court by Bolsonaro, Marques, like Bello, aimed for a vacancy in the STJ. Only recently did the two settle down, during a conversation in Brasília.
The last spot is divided between names like Cid Gurgel (TRF-5), Daniele Costa (TRF-1) and Fernando Quadros da Silva (TRF-4).
There is a division among the ministers of the STJ. One wing argues that the list of four judges has members from different courts, without allowing two magistrates from the same court to be appointed. This issue can still be discussed in the fourth.
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The judges have been campaigning for the votes of the court’s ministers for months. Some have the support of STF ministers, government figures and important congressmen. The dispute for the vacancy in the STJ is, above all, political. It is not enough for the judge to be chosen by the ministers of the STJ. He needs to win Bolsonaro’s sympathy to deserve one of the vacancies. He does this by getting reference letters from influential names on the Plateau.
In a recent conversation with Humberto Martins, the current president of the court, Bolsonaro said he will choose the two new STJ justices in May, as soon as the list reaches Planalto.
Judges in the dispute:
1 Des. Carlos Augusto Pires Brandao
2 Dec. Daniele Maranhao Costa
3 Des. Mark Augusto de Souza
4 Dec. Monica Sifuentes
5 Dec. Néviton Guedes
6 dec Ney Bello
1 Des. Aluisio Goncalves de Castro Mendes
2 Des. Messod Azulay Neto
1 Des. Paulo Sergio Domingues
1 Des. Fernando Quadros da Silva
2 Des. João Pedro Gebran Neto
3 Des. Leandro Paulsen
4 Des. Victor Luiz dos Santos Laus
5 Dec. Vivian Josete Pantaleão Caminha
1 Des. Cid Marconi Gurgel de Souza
2 Des. Rogério de Meneses Fialho Moreira
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