In order for a foreign decision rendered by a court or otherwise to produce effects in Brazil, it is required that it be homologated (ratified) by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), granting such instrument the same effectiveness of a decision rendered in Brazil.

In the process of homologation, the STJ verifies if the enforcement of the foreign decision does not violate the public order or the Brazilian sovereignty, including the verification that due process of law was observed in the foreign jurisdiction.

Since last April 15, all foreign decision homologation processes initiated at the STJ are being electronically processed. Electronic processing reduces costs and offers more speediness and accessibility to the records.