A dossier on the nominations made to the Supreme Court in recent years shows that the delay in filling the vacancy of Minister Marco Aurélio Mello is even short compared to other replacements for court magistrates.
It is already circulating among senators, who need to appreciate André Mendonça’s name for the vacancy and are being pressured to approve (or reject) the name quickly.
Marco Aurélio retired on July 9 —or two months and 20 days ago. Other vacancies stayed open for more than eight months.
This was the case of the vacancy opened with the retirement of Joaquim Barbosa. He left the Court on July 31, 2014. President Dilma Rousseff only appointed her replacement, Edson Fachin, eight months and 14 days later
—on April 14, 2015.
The dossier shows that Luís Roberto Barroso was nominated on May 23, 2013 —exactly six months and 5 days after Ayres Britto’s retirement, on November 18, 2012.
Luiz Fux, who is currently pressing for greater speed in the vote on Mendonça’s name, was nominated in February 2011, six months after the departure of Minister Eros Grau.
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