The internal dynamics of entry, promotion, and distribution of power within the justice system institutions, and the judiciary, specifically, are still little studied in Brazil. If we include racial and gender issues as social markers that matter for building careers within these institutions, we not only find few studies, but also a lack of reliable public data. Therefore, this research will map existing information and, together with the National Council of Justice (CNJ) and the courts of justice, contribute to building data for identifying symbolic barriers, and foster policies of social justice within these institutions.
Recognizing the need to institutionalize the discussion on racial issues within the Judiciary Branch, CNJ held, in July 2020, the seminar “Racial Issues and the Judiciary Branch”. One of the results of that event was the creation of the “Working Group on Racial Equality Policy within the Judiciary Branch”, which, in October 2020, published the “Report on Social Equality in the Judiciary”.
Among the recommendations of the report, we highlight n. 17, which suggests the insertion, in functional and procedural databases, of information on race/color, by registering these data in the instruments of Judiciary institutions, adapting them according to what IBGE defines: black, brown, white, yellow, indigenous, and ignored, and based on self-declaration, thus avoiding any embarrassment.
Hence, this project aims to strengthen and improve the debate on racial equity policies in the Judiciary, as well as assist CNJ in developing and improving public policies on social equality within the judiciary, by continuing the efforts of the Working Group on Racial Equality Policy within the Judiciary Branch