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Justice Rosa Weber is elected to be the next president of TSE

The Plenary of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) elected, on this Tuesday’s (19th) administrative session, justice Rosa Weber as the successor of justice Luiz Fux in the presidency of the Court. She assumes the position on August of this year. In the same session, justice Luís Roberto Barroso was elected to the post of vice-president.

Rosa Weber will chair TSE during this year’s election. The mandate will go until May 25, 2020, at the end of her second biennium as a full justice of the Court. The justice received six from the seven votes. It is a tradition, in elections of superior courts, that the justice indicated for a post does not vote in himself/herself, but whether in its successor.

After the confirmation of her election, Rosa Weber thanked the other justices for their trust and spoke about the importance of chairing TSE at this juncture. “I know that a great responsibility awaits me in this year of 2018, in which the country finds itself in the middle of a stiff dispute, with many divisions,” she said.

The justice emphasized the relevance of the support that she will receive from her vice-president in the conduction of her administration. “I have the encouragement, and I feel blessed for that, for being able to count, in the exercise of this important role, with the company of my dear friend Luís Roberto Barroso, in the condition of vice-president, so that we can continue this splendid work that Your Excellency [justice Luiz Fux] and his team have been developing in TSE, including the preparation for the 2018 elections,” she stated, addressing the current president of the Court.

Institutional Commitment

Briefly, Rosa Weber highlighted the importance of the commitment that all the people that integrate the Electoral Justice must have with the institution. “The change in administration indicates, in the last analysis, that what matters is the institution and not the individuals that compose it,” she said. “Judges, public officers, each one, separately, in the scope of its attributions, must act so that the institution can fulfill its most relevant role, which is the strengthening and improvement of the democracy in our country. The TSE, as the head organ of the Electoral Justice, stands above all of us.”

The justice remembered her admission to the TSE, on June 2012, as a substitute justice, time in which the Court was chaired by the current president of STF, justice Cármen Lúcia.

Rosa Weber is a full justice of TSE since May 24, 2016. Last May she was reconducted to another biennium. She was installed as vice-president of the Court on February 6 of this year. She was admitted to the Court as substitute justice on June 12, 2012, until her installment as full justice.

After the election by the Plenary, the current president of TSE stated that the Court will be in great hands with the election of justice Rosa Weber as his successor, and with justice Luís Roberto Barroso as vice-president.

Brief curriculum

Born in Porto Alegre (RS), Justice Rosa Weber graduated from the College of Law of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in 1971. She was a Labour Court judge from 1981 to 1991 and integrated the Regional Labour Court of the 4th Region from 1991 to 2006, having been its president in the biennium of 2001-2003.

She was a justice of the Superior Court of  Labour (TST) from 2006 to 2011. She was nominated as a justice of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) and was installed on December 19, 2011.

TSE composition

The TSE is composed of, at least, seven Justices. Three justices are from the STF, one of which will be the President of the Court, two justices from the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), one of which will be the Electoral Inspector General of the Electoral Justice, and two jurists from the advocacy class, which are nominated by the President of the Republic.

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