On a recent decision, the National Justice Council (Conselho Nacional de Justiça – “CNJ”) has decided to no longer apply article 20 of Resolution No. 228 of June 23, 2016, which established the apostille proceedings of foreign documents in Brazil, as provided in the Hague Convention, enacted in Brazil on January 29, 2016 by Decree No. 8,660.
In accordance with article 20, as of February 14, 2017, all foreign documents that had been legalized by Brazilian Embassies or Consulates before August 14, 2016 shall be considered void regardless the terms in these documents.
In view of this invalidation, several procedures have been delayed, since the holders of the foreign documents were obligated to restart the procedure to have their documents apostilled in their countries for future legalization in Brazil.
CNJ´s recent decision has brought again judicial security to the holders of such documents, who may now continue to use them regardless the apostille requirement.
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