Carlos Ayres Britto – a story that brings law and poetry together

Poetry and law in perfect harmony.  That appears to be the path chosen by Justice Carlos Ayres Britto, who plays a leading role in the second episode of the documentary series “A fresh look at the time – Memories of Democracy”.

Poetry and law in perfect harmony.  That appears to be the path chosen by Justice Carlos Ayres Britto, who plays a leading role in the second episode of the documentary series “A fresh look at the time – Memories of Democracy”.
Son of a judge and poet and a mother who loved music and played the piano, he recalls early childhood memories, and explains how family has influenced him. “I was privileged; I was raised in an environment that favored science and arts. The science of law and the arts, which would encompass both poetry and music”, he recalls. Justice Ayres Britto reveals that writing poetry has always been an easy job for him, and that he always try to combine arts and science, or emotions and thought: “I understand that the emotions work as a booster for thought, and emotions and thought intertwined give rise to what we know as awareness”.
Carlos Ayres Britto chaired the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) between 2008 and 2010. In the second segment of the program, he comments on relevant events that occurred during such period with Alfredo Renan, who served as president’s advisor at the TSE. “The time spent at the electoral justice has taught me that a specialized electoral court plays a critical role in democracy, notably representative democracies. The electoral justice revitalizes the representative democratic process. Each election campaign in conformity with electoral justice rules represents a peak in representative democracies”, summarizes the former TSE president, who also highlights how important it is to have trustworthy representatives to honor people’s votes. Popular representation requires an authentic commitment, because it is quite an honor to represent the people, to speak on their behalf”.
The documentary series called “A fresh look at the time – Memories of Democracy” is an historical review of Brazil’s Electoral Court system. Former presidents of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), who helped build and strengthen Brazilian democracy, get to comment on the recent history of the Electoral Court system, narrate events that affected the country and share stories from behind the scenes. Testimonies of those who experienced moments that have defined the country’s advances and were connected with the relevance of the right to vote, the freedom to choose one’s democratic representatives, and the organization of clean and transparent elections.
The programs is posted on the TSE’s international page and on the Tribunal´s official Youtube page (http://www.youtube.com/justicaeleitoral) after being broadcasted by the “TV Justiça” (Justice TV). [Translator’s Note1: The “TV Justiça”, or “Justice TV” in English, is a public television channel owned by Brazil’s judicial branch and operated by the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF). Aimed at promoting greater transparency of STF’s proceedings and decisions, the channel is mainly dedicated to the live broadcasting of the court’s judgments, but includes news, debates, documentaries and related programs in the schedule.]