There is a new law that provides that the lawyers of the defendants or assistants can attend the draws for the allocation of cases to judges, and for this they must be notified by the courts. This law was approved by Parliament and published in “Diário de República” in August 2021, following all the controversy related to the manual distribution of Operação Marquês to Judge Carlos Alexandre (this judge is now accused of this, as as the employee who made the distribution), but has not yet been regulated by the Government.
Now, José Sócrates, the former prime minister prosecuted for the crimes of money laundering and forgery of documents in what remains of Operation Marquês, wants to cancel the lottery that attributed to the judge Maria José Caçador the appeal on the instructional decision of Ivo Rosa. Because neither he nor his lawyers were called to, if they wished, attend the draw that took place on March 18 on the third floor of the Lisbon Court of Appeal.
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