The research aims to identify barriers to Access to Justice in Brazil of the population served by the Public Defender's Office with the Covid-19 pandemic in the view of its members. 72 Brazilian court rules were raised on the virtualization of procedural acts and 17 members of the Public Defender's Office were interviewed on the scenario of virtualization of judicial processes, the situation of custody hearings and prospects after the pandemic between December/2020 and February/2021. There was little transparency in the rules of the courts and disregard for the low access to the internet by the population served by the Public Defender's Office. And the perception that the pandemic has brought serious damage to the right of defense with difficulties in investigating legal proceedings (in particular the absence of an offense body examination), the impossibility of reserved service with the arrested defendant and decisions on preventive prisons adopted without Defender's participation.
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