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A Closer Look at the Brazilian Legal System October 6, 2016

The Brazilian legal system is established on Civil Law Tradition and Roman codes. The supreme rule of Brazil is the Federal Constitution, and it is characterized by a written form. It organizes the country into a union of states, municipalities, and Federal Districts. There are 26 federal districts which have autonomy to adopt their constitutions and laws. This power is however limited by the principles stipulated in the Federal Constitution.
The Brazilian Government is composed of three branches: the executive, legislative and judiciary. The legislative is made up of the Chamber of Deputies and the Federal State. The executive consists of the President of the Republic and the Ministers of State. The President is the Head of the Government and the Chief of State. The judiciary comprises of The Federal Supreme Court, the Regional Federal Courts, the Superior Court of Justice and Federal Judges. This branch also has courts that deal with specialized disputes such as labor, electoral and military disputes.

The Judiciary is further divided into state and federal branches. Municipalities do not have their justice systems, but they use the state or federal justice systems depending on the nature of the case. The Federal Supreme Court is the highest court in the Judiciary. It is responsible for safeguarding the Constitution and works as a court of review. The Superior Court of Justice is second in the hierarchy of the Brazilian judicial system, and it is tasked with upholding federal legislation and treaties.

Ricardo Tosto Carvalho de Oliveira

Ricardo Tosto is a well-known Brazilian litigator who has built an excellent reputation in the law field. He is renowned for defending individuals and companies in cases that have gained national attention.

Mr. Tosto is the co-founder of Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados, a Brazilian firm prominent for defending clients in complex litigation. The firm combines its expertise in the financial sector and the legal area to represent clients in the court. Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados has partners and senior attorneys that have sufficient experience in providing legal advice on corporate restructuring, credit recovery, and bankruptcy.

Ricardo Tosto has practiced business law for more than 15 years. This experience has made him successful in defending high-profile politicians, notable people, and multinational companies. Mr. Tosto also offers pro bono services to non-governmental organizations.

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