Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils Cooperation in the Brazilian Justice System

Throughout the 20th century, several civil law countries developed Judicial Councils to strengthen independence and transparency of the justice system. Brazil is one of the first countries in Latin America to adopt Judicial Council structures. In the current model, after the Constitutional Amendment No. 45/2004, which instituted both the National Council of Justice (CNJ) and the National Public Prosecutor’s Council (CNMP), these collegiate bodies began their efforts to obtain social legitimacy and public accountability. The recent creation of the “National Observatory on Environmental, Economic, and Social Issues of High Complexity and Great Impact”, in 2019, reveals that, in Brazil, the Councils still crave public opinion support. How these partnerships take place in Brasil and what are your main results so far? Based on official reports produced by the National Observatory, this paper aims to describe and evaluate the initiative according to its institutional goals.