Abstract

In recent years Portugal has been enduring a bitter financial and political crisis. The judiciary, time and again depicted as being under pressure, is facing new predicaments. This chapter discusses three points of tension within the Portuguese judiciary: the creation of a new judicial map, popular perceptions about the existence of a dual justice system, and claims of ‘judicialization of politics’ or ‘judicial activism’. Like other areas of Portuguese society, the evolution of the judicial system in the coming years will be deeply dependent on the improvement of the economic outlook.
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Fernando Dias Simões
Senior Research Associate

Professor Dias Simões is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)

Summary

In recent years Portugal has been enduring a bitter financial and political crisis. The judiciary, time and again depicted as being under pressure, is facing new predicaments. This chapter discusses three points of tension within the Portuguese judiciary: the creation of a new judicial map, popular perceptions about the existence of a dual justice system, and claims of ‘judicialization of politics’ or ‘judicial activism’. Like other areas of Portuguese society, the evolution of the judicial system in the coming years will be deeply dependent on the improvement of the economic outlook.

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