Supreme Court of Justice of Portugal

The highest court of law in Portugal without prejudice to the jurisdiction of the Portuguese Constitutional Court.

The President of the Supreme Court of Justice is elected by and among the members of the court to serve a five years mandate and cannot be re-elected.

The competences of the Supreme Court of Justice are the following:
* To try the President of the Republic, the President of the Assembly of the Republic and the Prime-Minister for crimes committed during the exercise of their Office;
* To harmonize rulings by setting uniform jurisprudence;
* To hear appeals in matters of Law;
* To try the crimes committed by the members of the Supreme Court, of the Courts of Appeal or Public Prosecutors.
Notes:   Available in Portuguese version only.

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Guide ID: 3133 - Last Updated: August 19, 2013