World Congress on Juvenile Justice

Mr Leoberto Narciso BRANCHER

Judge for Children and Youth of Caxias do Sul - Judge at the Presidency of Brazilian Magistrates BRAZIL

Leoberto Brancher, 51, has been a Judge for 22 years and is now working as the Regional Juvenile Court Judge in Caxias do Sul, the second biggest city in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, a District where he has also been the Coordinator for the Judicial Conciliation, Mediation and Restorative Justice Center. From the beginning of his career, he has specialized in the Childhood and Youth Field, an area in which he has been leading several innovative projects both at the jurisdictional and community levels in collaboration with different State and National institutions, especially the ones related to Justice, Education, Social Work, as well as with international agencies such as UNICEF, UNESCO and UNDP. Judge Leoberto was in charge of the Regional Children and Youth Court installation in Caxias do Sul (1995-1998), designed to apply the Law 8.069/90, the Brazilian Child and Youth Statute, which was a milestone in the implementation of the UN Convention on Children’s Rights in Brazil.

After that, he worked in Porto Alegre, capital city of Rio Grande do Sul State, for ten years also as the Juvenile Court Judge. In that position he led projects such as the reorganization of that Court, the municipalization of the correctional measures without freedom restraint and the systematization of routines and procedures in a pioneering way on the enforcement of the measures. It was also from that position that he introduced the Restorative Justice Practices as a means to divert trials as well as into the correctional measures, in a pioneer way in Brazil, generating a set of important contributions which were, most of them, incorporated in the Law 12.594/2012, a new legal milestone in Brazil, which disciplines the enforcement of correctional measures
applied to youth in conflict with the law with a restorative bias. Regarding the institutional and associative level, Brancher has held the offices of Citizenship Director (1994/1995) and Social Communications Director (2004/2005) in the Rio Grande do Sul Judges’ Association, and the position of President of the Brazilian Association of Magistrates, Prosecutors and Public Defenders for the Child and Youth Courts (1999/2001).

In 2004 Brancher started the Magistrates’ School Center of Studies in Restorative Justice in Rio Grande do Sul, with activities involving study groups, supporting research on the field, workshops and regular courses on Restorative Justice at the Magistrate’s School. He was the Center Coordinator from 2004 to 2012. In that area he is also the founder and the Coordinator of the Justice for the 21st Century Project, an initiative of inter-institutional articulation led by the Association of Judges in Rio Grande do Sul - AJURIS, which aims at implementing the Restorative Justice principles and practices in the pacification of violence involving children and adolescents. From 2005 on, that Project has been one of the main references for the introduction of Restorative Justice in Brazil.

After working in the State Capital, Brancher returned to Caxias do Sul in 2009. He first took up a Civil Court and in 2011 he was again the head of the Regional Court for Child and Youth. Since July 2011 he has also been the Coordinator for the Conciliation, Mediation and Restorative Justice Center of the District Court in Caxias do Sul. At present, Brancher has been leading a local Project that brings together the Judicial System, the Caxias do Sul City Hall, the University of Caxias do Sul, and Fundação Caxias, a non-governmental organization related to the city entrepreneurial sector, as well as local communities, aiming at implementing the first Brazilian experience applying Restorative Justice as a local pacification public policy.

At the national level, Brancher continues engaged in the diffusion of Restorative Justice through the Justice for the 21st Century Project, notably in the political articulation before Judicial System and Governmental institutions, and as a speaker invited by those institutional actors, mostly for the areas of Education and Social Services, as well as teaching at other Magistrates’ Schools in the Country.

Since December 2013 he was named by the president of AMB, the National Brazilian Magistrates Association, wich gather the more than 15.000 magistrates around the country, for a Special Assessment encharged to spread Restorative Justice countrywide.

Workshop 3

14:30 to 16:30
Others FR EN AR

Juvenile justice system reform

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