We've blogged about certified Brazilian Portuguese translation services during arbitration in Brazil. Brazil has a well-developed judicial system and a strong tradition of litigation. Its judiciary is regulated by the Federal Constitution, adopted in 1988. In general, the Brazilian litigation procedure involves a unique, statutory proceeding with specific steps and requirements that must be met in order to take a proceeding forward to final judgment. Although final decisions are, in general, based on an interpretation of the facts as applied to the law, it should be noted that courts are regularly engaging in researching doctrine and judicial precedents when making decisions.
Thus, the system of recursos repetitivos - an instrument to facilitate the judgment of similar cases by rendering a decision in one such case that is binding on all other - should be kept in mind. More so, the Brazilian system does not provide for jury trials in civil matters.