About Etiene Martins
Etiene Martins is a federal judge serving in the District of São Paulo Brazil, leading a court-annexed mediation program in Guarulhos Courthouse in greater São Paulo. The program provides mediation services for eight Federal Courts and engages in activities with the local community to promote awareness of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Currently, the Guarulhos Courthouse manages a backlog of more than 55,000 cases. Prior to becoming a judge, Etiene Martins was a police officer in Rio de Janeiro for 16 years.
From 2010-2014, Judge Martins served as the legal advisor and then Director of the Military State Police`s legal department in Rio de Janeiro. His department provided opinions on legal problems related to police activities and police misconduct claims. As a Federal Judge, he has served in a federal court with both criminal and civil jurisdiction, since his appointment in 2014.
Judge Etiene Martins has led the court-annexed mediation program of Guarulhos Courthouse since 2015, first as an adjunct coordinator and then as coordinator. The mediation program receives cases referred by eight federal courts and utilizes twenty-six volunteer mediators to assist parties in the resolution of their disputes. In 2017, the program managed roughly 1,600 cases and achieved a settlement rate of 75%.
Since 2016, Judge Etiene Martins has served on the mediation team for complex disputes at the 3rd Circuit. The team mediates longtime, multi-party and sensitive cases on complex topics from environmental damages to property, to consumer class actions.