The Seychelles Human Rights Commissions & Ors v The Speaker of National Assembly & Ors (MA 28/2023 (Arising in CP 7 of 2023)) [2023] SCCC 4 (9 May 2023)

Case summary

Leave to Appeal against Ruling on recusal of Judges

Govinden CJ (Presiding), Burhan J, Adeline J.

  1. This Ruling arises out of a notice of motion filed in Court as MA 28/2023 filed on 23 February 2023 by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Applicant, namely Seychelles Human Rights Commission, the Ombudsman and the Bar Association of Seychelles (hereafter collectively referred to as the Applicants). The application follows an interim Ruling by the Constitutional Court in MA 230/2022 (arising out of CP 7 of 2022) where an application for recusal of Judges of the Supreme Court by the Applicants was unsuccessful. Therefore, the Applicants seek leave of this Court to appeal against the Ruling by the Constitutional Court in MA 230/2022.

  2. We are of the considered view, that a recusal application is an application that has to be considered as a separate independent application. The mere fact that in the registration of the case numbering it is mentioned “arising in CP7 of 2022”, the main case, should not mislead one to believe that a recusal application is an interlocutory application pertaining to the main case as is usually the case in respect of most miscellaneous applications. The recusal application in this instant case has nothing to do with the facts of the main case and therefore, is a separate and independent application in its own right. Further, the application for recusal is essentially civil in nature. This Court has given its final decision in respect of the application for recusal and therefore the appeal lies as of right. Giving due consideration to the above findings of this Court, we are of the view, that the aggrieved parties have a right of appeal to the Seychelles Court of Appeal available to them.

  3. The application is therefore dismissed.

Signed, dated and delivered at Ile du Port on 9 May 2023.

















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