Cezar Peluso

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His Excellency
Antonio Cezar Peluso
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54th Chief Justice of Brazil
In office
23 April 2010 – 18 April 2012
Vice President Carlos Ayres Britto
Preceded by Gilmar Mendes
Succeeded by Carlos Ayres Britto
4th President of the National Justice Council
In office
23 April 2010 – 18 April 2012
Preceded by Gilmar Mendes
Succeeded by Carlos Ayres Britto
Supreme Federal Court justice
In office
25 June 2003 – 03 September 2012
Nominated by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded by Sydney Sanches
Succeeded by Teori Zavascki [1]
Personal details
Born (1942-09-03) 3 September 1942 (age 74)
Bragança Paulista, SP
Alma mater University of São Paulo School of Law
Catholic University of Santos

Antonio Cezar Peluso (3 September 1942) is a Brazilian jurist. He was a member of the Supreme Federal Court (in Portuguese: Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF)) and has been the Court's Chief Justice from April 2010 to April 2012 (in Portuguese: Presidente do Supremo Tribunal Federal).

Born in Bragança Paulista, São Paulo, Peluso is one of the two current members of the Court with a prior career as a judge (beside Luiz Fux). He is known for his collected demeanor and his ample juridical knowledge, even among Brazil's most important jurists. When Peluso became the President of the STF, analysts such as journalist Elio Gaspari pointed out that his reserved style is a contrast to that of Gilmar Mendes, Peluso's predecessor, who is regarded as a more outspoken figure.[2] However, both judges often agree on juridical decisions; they generally stand on the Court's conservative and textualist wing. On December 16, 2010, he stated that the Supreme Court of Brazil would not review the Amnesty Law on the part which grants immunity to prosecution for former torturers of the oppressive military regime that, after the 1964 coup, installed a 20-year-long dictatorship in Brazil.

As the Chief Justice of the Supreme Federal Tribunal, Peluso also headed the National Justice Council.

Peluso with President Lula da Silva, who appointed him to the Supreme Federal Court in 2003.

He experienced his mandatory retirement in September 3, 2012.


  1. ^ Federal Senate approves new Justice appointment, STF News, October 30, 2012 (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Elio Gaspari's newspaper column - 25 April 2010. Gazeta On Line
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sydney Sanches
Judge of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil
Succeeded by
Teori Zavascki