Technological innovations and new management practices were recently implemented in Brazilian judiciary system. The present study was designed to focus on this changing occupational context in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The aim was to identify organisational risk factors and to investigate if they were related to health status of Court workers. A five-phase strategy was developed. First, we carried out an exploratory phase: interviews with leaders of the Court workers’ union; direct observation of daily activities at work; and analysis of Minas Gerais State Court documents. The literature review was the second phase.The focus was on occupational surveys in the Brazilian law sector. Third, we performed a descriptive study on production of judicial services. Fourth, a structured telephone interview was developed and validated. Finally, we realised the first wave of data collection for this prospective study. All permanent workers (n = 12,251) who were working in the 296 Minas Gerais law districts were eligible. The estimation of the sample size (n = 1000) considered the following parameters: number of workers, prevalence of sick leave of 40% and 95% confidence interval. A stratified proportional random sampling was performed. Four stratification criteria was considered: function, law district, age and sex. Health status was assessed by questions regarding sick leave, chronic diseases, sleep problems, medication use and health-related behaviours. Sociodemographicand occupational characteristics (function at courthouse, length of time in judicial service, environmental conditions, electronic tools use, physical job demands and psychosocial work factors) were inserted as explicative variables in univariate and multivariate analysis. The results showed a significant relationship between organisational factors and poor general health. Our findings suggested that work intensification was associated with physical and psychological health. Sectoral policies focusing on controlling and monitoring technological developments in Brazilian judiciary services are desirable.
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