Duties of Brazilian Lawyers as Public Defenders

Brazil’s Federal Constitution guarantees full legal representation to the needy. Thus, Brazilian lawyers can serve as public defenders. Public defender offices are available in every part of the nation, and the government is in charge of operating them.

History surrounding the establishment of public defender unit

The concepts of a public defender arose in 1896 following the creation of a decree to offer free legal assistance to the economically disadvantaged individuals. This decree began in the Federal District, which comprised of the Rio de Janeiro City. The idea of legal assistance was expanded to the whole country in 1937, following the enactment of a new constitution.

In Brazil, being a public defender does not limit you to representing people accused of crimes. You can also offer legal services in areas such as human rights, child adolescent law, family law, and civil law. Before the state assigns a public defendant, the individual must publicly declare that she or he is needy and cannot afford the attorney fees. However, legal help is not restricted to only representation by a lawyer since Brazilian citizens may acquire funding for court costs, expert witness, and other expenditures associated with the litigation.

Ricardo Tosto

Thanks to his endless passion for law and exceptional learning abilities, Tosto has earned a top spot among leading legal representatives in Brazil. He has assisted investors to launch successful businesses and to deal with litigation cases through his field-tested advice and perfect representation. Tosto has served as a private lawyer for established politicians, affluent executives, government agencies, and corporations. He has developed his skills in corporate restructuring, commercial litigation, banking, M&A, credit recovery, electoral law, as well as international law.

Ricardo Tosto has led other Brazilian lawyers in reforming laws and institutions responsible for implementing laws. He sits on the board of directors of Brazilian Bar Association, and Partnership Research Center. He is among the founding fathers of Brazilian Institute for Electoral and Party Law Research (IBEDEP). Other than his law career, Tosto is an accomplished author and frequent speaker. His engaging articles and reviews have been published in leading journals. He has spoken at many global events and conferences on legal topics.

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