Carlos Ayres Britto
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Carlos Ayres Britto
His Excellency
Ayres Britto
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court

June 25, 2003 - November 16, 2012
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Ilmar Galvão
Luís Roberto Barroso
55th President of the Supreme Federal Court

April 19, 2012 - November 16, 2012
Joaquim Barbosa
Cezar Peluso
Joaquim Barbosa
Personal details
Born (1942-11-18) November 18, 1942 (age 76)
Propriá, Sergipe, Brazil
Spouse(s)Rita de Cássia Pinheiro Reis de Britto[1]
Alma materFederal University of Sergipe

Carlos Augusto Ayres de Freitas Britto (born November 18, 1942, in Propriá, Sergipe) is a Brazilian jurist and was a Justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil. He has been appointed by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and served from June 25, 2003, to November 16, 2012, when he faced mandatory retirement upon reaching the age of 70.[2]

He has been the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Brazil from April 19, 2012,[1] until his retirement.[2]

Bachelor in Law (1966)by the Federal University of Sergipe, institution of which he would become professor, is master (1982) and doctor (1998) by the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, being guided in the doctorate by Celso Ribeiro Bastos.

Despite his quite short term as Chief Justice of Brazil, he succeeded to conduct many major cases, as well start the trial of the Criminal Action 470 (popularly nicknamed Mensalão), one of the most complex cases in history to be examined by that Court.[2]

He is currently an occasional contributor to O Estado de S. Paulo, a Brazilian newspaper.[3]


  1. ^ a b Biography of Carlos Ayres Britto - Supremo Tribunal Federal website (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ a b c STF News (in Portuguese) Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Britto, Carlos A. (July 24, 2016). "Culture? Which?" [Cultura? Qual?]. O Estado de S. Paulo (in Portuguese). p. A2. Retrieved 2016.

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Preceded by
Ilmar Galvão
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Succeeded by
Luís Roberto Barroso

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