In Brazilian military criminal practice, it seems that even though there is a Federal Public Defender's Office, the courts have continued to exercise the longstanding power to appoint "dative" (or ad hoc
) defenders for those who are unable to afford an attorney on appeal. According to this article
from Consultor Juridico
, the Superior Military Court will end the practice. The effect is that the Federal Public Defender will provide appellate defense services to all those who are unable to afford counsel (unless, presumably, they waive counsel).
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