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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Constitutional Court of Portugal (Tribunal Constitucional)

Portugal [pt]

Ana Raquel Gonçalves Moniz

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 April 2021

Subject(s):
Powers and jurisdiction of constitutional courts/supreme courts

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 The Constitutional Court of Portugal (‘CC’ or ‘Court’) is ‘the court that has the specific competence to administer justice in matters of constitutional nature’ (Constitution of the Portuguese Republic: 2 April 1976 (as Amended to 2005) (‘Constitution of Portugal’) Art. 221 (Port)). Endowed with significant competences, the CC plays its most relevant role through the exercise of concrete and abstract processes of constitutional review. It is the keystone of the ‘complex-mixed system’ (Canotilho (2007) 917) of judicial review of constitutionality. The CC is...
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