Joana Marques Vidal
Joana Marques Vidal is a magistrate of the Public Prosecution Service. She was the first woman to be appointed to the post of Prosecutor General of the Portuguese Republic in 2012.
Born in Coimbra, Joana Marques Vidal graduated in Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon in 1978. She is also trained in Family Law, having attended a postgraduate course in the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. She also holds a postgraduate course in Judicial Journalism from the Lusófona University of Lisbon.
Marques Vidal began as Public Prosecutor in 1979 and served in the judicial counties of Coimbra, Lousã, Arganil, Vila Viçosa and Cascais, where she became the first President of the Commission for the Protection of Minors. From 1994, as Prosecutor for the Republic, Marques Vidal held office at the Courts of Family, of Minors, of Enforcement of Sanctions and Misdemeanours.
Between 2002 and 2004, she served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Judicial Studies, before being promoted to Deputy Prosecutor General. As Deputy Prosecutor General, Marques Vidal worked as Legal Auditor of the Representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of the Azores and as representative of the Public Prosecution Service in the Regional Division of the Azores Court of Auditors.
Joana Marques Vidal was also Vice-President of the board of the Portuguese Association for Family and Minors Law and the first woman to preside over the Portuguese Association for Victim Support. On October 12, 2012, she was appointed to the post of Prosecutor General for a term of six years, thus becoming the first woman to hold office, until October 12, 2018.
Since then, she was graced with the Grã-Cruz da Ordem Militar de Cristo and is currently the representative of the Prosecutor General of the Portuguese Republic at the Portuguese Constitutional Court.