Judicial holidays should be reduced this year to resolve the pending cases of businesses and citizens accumulated during the pandemic, but costs will also have to be reduced to encourage parties to end disputes by agreement.

The proposal is made by lawyer Francisco Cortez, partner at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados.

“It makes sense to reduce judicial vacations by the end of the year 2021, as it also makes sense to grant a reduction in costs to encourage the parties to end the processes by agreement, which, incidentally, was announced by the Government in June 2020 last and inexplicably never had any further development (RCM 41/2000) ”, says Francisco Cortez, coordinator of the litigation and arbitration department and of the sports and entertainment group of that law firm.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, "the delays already existed and were absolutely unacceptable", recalls the causidico, "especially in the commercial and administrative courts".

Find out here the Opinion and Reflection of Francisco Cortez, originally published in an interview with the newspaper Eco, under the heading “How is it to do litigation in the middle of a pandemic?”