Dias Toffoli

José Antonio Dias Toffoli (born November 15, 1967) is a Brazilian jurist and the current President of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil.[1][2]

Dias Toffoli
Toffoli aniversario da constituição
59th President of the Supreme Federal Court
Assumed office
13 September 2018
Vice PresidentLuiz Fux
Preceded byCármen Lúcia
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Assumed office
23 October 2009
Appointed byLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded byMenezes Direito
Attorney General of the Union
In office
12 March 2007 – 23 October 2009
PresidentLuiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Preceded byÁlvaro Augusto Ribeiro Costa
Succeeded byLuís Inácio Adams
Personal details
José Antonio Dias Toffoli

15 November 1967 (age 51)
Marília, São Paulo, Brazil
Alma materUniversity of São Paulo (USP)
Dias Toffoli's signature


Toffoli was born in Marília, São Paulo in 1967, the son of Luiz Toffoli and Sebastiana Seixas Dias Toffoli. He attended the law school of the University of São Paulo from 1986 to 1990, graduating with a bachelor's degree in law.[3] While in college, Toffoli presided the student union.[4] From 1996 to 2002 he was a professor of constitutional and family law at Centro Universitário de Brasília.[3]

In 1994 and 1995 Toffoli took examinations for a position as a judge in the state of São Paulo, but was twice rejected.[5] Toffoli was then the legal representant for the Workers' Party (PT) in the presidential campaigns of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in 1998, 2002 and 2006.[6]

Advogado geral da União Antônio Dias Toffoli
Toffoli in 2008, during his term as Attorney General of Brazil

From March 2001 to December 2002 Toffoli was a co-owner of the law firm Toffoli & Telesca Advogados, and from 2005 to 2007 co-owned the firm Toffoli & Rangel Advogados. In 2007, Toffoli was appointed Attorney General of Brazil by President Lula.[3]

Supreme Court nomination

On 17 September 2009 President Lula nominated Dias Toffoli, then his Attorney General of Brazil, for the Supreme Federal Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito two weeks prior. Upon his nomination, Toffoli resigned as Attorney General, and was replaced by Evandro Costa Gama.[7]

After being confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court, Toffoli took his seat as Justice on 23 October 2009, aged 41. He was, at the time, the youngest person to become Supreme Court justice since 1988, and remains as one of the youngest people to enter the court. He was the eighth Supreme Court nomination by President Lula.[8]

Presidency of the Supreme Federal Court

On 13 September 2018, Toffoli succeeded Justice Carmen Lúcia as the president of the Supreme Federal Court. The court's vice president in this term is Luiz Fux.[9]


  1. ^ "Composição Atual :: STF - Supremo Tribunal Federal". www.stf.jus.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  2. ^ Rosa, Vera; Moraes, Rafael (25 December 2017). "Temer busca ponte com Toffoli, que assumirá STF" (in Portuguese). Estadão. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c http://www.stf.jus.br/arquivo/cms/sobreStfComposicaoComposicaoPlenariaApresentacao/anexo/cv_diastoffoli_2011maio18.pdf
  4. ^ "O estudo, a militância e o sequestro do chapéu - Geral - Estadão".
  5. ^ "Supremo vetou reprovado em concurso de juiz à vaga no TJ - Geral - Estadão".
  6. ^ "'PT é página virada', diz ministro Dias Toffoli antes de assumir o TSE". 13 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Lula confirma indicação de Toffoli para o STF e de Múcio para o TCU - 17/09/2009 - UOL Notícias - Política". noticias.uol.com.br.
  8. ^ "Toffoli toma posse no STF com Lula e Sarney na platéia - Política - Estadão".
  9. ^ "Dias Toffoli toma posse como presidente do Supremo Tribunal Federal".
Political offices
Preceded by
Álvaro Augusto Ribeiro Costa
Attorney General of the Union
Succeeded by
Luís Inácio Adams
Legal offices
Preceded by
Carlos Alberto Menezes Direito
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Preceded by
Cármen Lúcia
President of the Supreme Federal Court
Preceded by
Cármen Lúcia
Vice President of the Supreme Federal Court
Succeeded by
Luiz Fux
Preceded by
Marco Aurélio Mello
President of the Superior Electoral Court
Succeeded by
Gilmar Mendes
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Davi Alcolumbre
as President of the Federal Senate
Brazilian presidential line of succession
4th in line
as President of the Supreme Federal Court
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Rodrigo Maia
as President of the Chamber of Deputies
Brazilian order of precedence
5th in line
as President of the Supreme Federal Court
Followed by
Brazilian cardinals
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EBC is responsible for the content and management of TV Brasil, TV Brasil Internacional, eight EBC radio stations (Rádio Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, Rádio Nacional AM de Brasília, Rádio Nacional FM de Brasília, Rádio Nacional da Amazônia, Rádio Nacional do Alto Solimões, Rádio MEC AM do Rio de Janeiro, Rádio MEC FM do Rio de Janeiro, e Rádio MEC AM de Brasília), the news agency Agência Brasil, audio news agency Radioagência Nacional and the EBC Portal. As part of the services provided by the holding, EBC is responsible for the government's official channel TV NBR, and the radio program A Voz do Brasil.

EBC is headed by a Director-President, currently, the journalist Laerte Rímoli, appointed by the President of Brazil, Michel Temer, on 17 May 2016. The previous Director-President for EBC, Ricardo Melo, was dismissed from its functions by then Acting President of Brazil, Michel Temer, and resorted to an appeal to the Supreme Court (STF - Supremo Tribunal Federal), arguing that the law which created EBC stated that its Director-President shall remain in its functions for four consecutive years and, as such, could not be dismissed. In June, Supreme Justice Dias Toffoli granted a primary injuction determining that Melo ought to return to its functions as Director-President. The same judge, Dias Toffoli, revoked his decision on September 8, 2016 and decided that Laerte Rímoli had the right to remain on the position of director-president.

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In 2011 he proposed an idea of passing a law on paid television which according to him will double the amount of subscribers to 1.5 million.Paulo Bernardo was arrested by the Federal Police charged of receiving bribery from the Federal Government loan program for retired workers. On 29 June 2016, Paulo Bernardo was released from jail as per a preliminary monocratic decision taken by the Brazilian Supreme Court Minister Dias Toffoli, who was, in the past, attorney of the Worker's Party (PT).

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Alongside its appeal competence, mostly by the Extraordinary Appeal (Recurso Extraordinário), the Court has a small range of cases of original jurisdiction, including the power of judicial review, judging the constitutionality of laws passed by the National Congress, through a Direct Action of Unconstitutionality (Ação Direta de Inconstitucionalidade, or ADI). There are also other mechanisms for reaching the Court directly, such as the Declaratory Action of Constitutionality (Ação Declaratória de Constitucionalidade, or ADC) and the Direct Action of Unconstitutionality by Omission (Ação Direta de Inconstitucionalidade por Omissão or ADO).

The eleven judges of the court are called Ministers (Ministro), although having no similarity with the government body of ministers. They are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. There is no term length but a mandatory retirement age of 75.

All judicial and administrative meetings of the Supreme Court have been broadcast live on television since 2002. The Court is open for the public to watch the meetings.

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Toffoli is an Italian surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Dario De Toffoli, Italian board game designer

Dias Toffoli (born 1967), President of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil

Elisa (Italian singer) (born 1977), full name Elisa Toffoli, Italian singer-songwriter

Gaúcho (footballer) (1964–2016), full name Luís Carlos Toffoli, Brazilian footballer

Patricia Tóffoli (born 1960), Venezuelan beauty pageant titleholder

Tommaso Toffoli (born 1943), Italian-American professor of engineering at Boston University

Tyler Toffoli (born 1992), Canadian ice hockey player

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