"People cannot understand how such a person is exercising functions", admitted António Joaquim Piçarra, in an interview with the Lusa News Agency, recalling that the Council, "as soon as it became aware of its public positions, quickly acted and opened an investigation and disciplinary process”.

For the president of the Supreme Court of Justice and due to the Superior Council for the Judiciary (CSM), the public stance of the Odemira Court judge Rui Pedro Castro, who assumed that he was against measures taken in the state of emergency with statements against the use of masks and containment measures during the covid-19 pandemic are corrosive to the image of justice.

"There must be greater rigor in the selection of the entrance of candidates to the judiciary", defended António Piçarra, defending the performance of psychological exams on the students of the Center for Judicial Studies (CEJ).