Statement by Chief Justice Mathilda Twomey on the occasion of her swearing-in, State House, 18 August 2015


I am honoured to have been appointed Chief Justice by President James Michel on the recommendation of the CAA. I am grateful for the trust and confidence that the President has placed in me. It is an office which carries onerous duties and great responsibility.

I acknowledge the learned men who have preceded me in this office. The expectations of the bench, bar and the Seychellois people in general are high. I welcome the huge challenge and will do my best to live up to it.

UniSey and SeyLII launch the first Andre Sauzier Legal Writing Competition



SeyLII is delighted to announce that on 5 October 2015, in a public event held at Palais de Justice, an inaugural legal writing competition for Seychelles was formally launched by Dr Marco Rizzi, Head of Law at UniSey.

The competition has been organised pursuant to the newly-concluded Memorandum of Understanding between SeyLII and UniSey for the production and publication of local secondary legal material.

Details of the competition are set out below.


UniSey and the Office of the Chief Justice sign MOU concerning the Bar Vocational Course and Bar Exam


On 5 October 2015, in a public event held at the Palais de Justice, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles and the Chief Justice signed an inaugural MOU concerning the Bar Vocational Course and Bar Exam for aspiring attorneys in Seychelles.

The signed MOU can be downloaded here.

UPDATED AS OF 10 FEBRUARY 2014: New Practice Direction for case scheduling in Supreme Court and Magistrate's Court


***** UPDATE AS OF 10 FEBRUARY 2014 *****

With effect from Wednesday 19 February 2014, there will be an amendment to the Wednesday short cause schedule in the Civil Division of the Supreme Court.

The revised times for short causes before each Judge of the Supreme Court will be as follows:

09:00 - 09:55 Chief Justice

10:00 - 10:55 Justice Karunakaran

Court of Appeal: Causelist for 23 September 2013

Interlocutory matters for hearing at 9:00 am on Monday 23 September 2013.

Before: Justice MacGregor - President

1. Mohamed Aweys Sayid & Ors v/s The Republic SCA 2/11 Mention
Mrs. A. Amesbury v/s Mr. C. Brown CR19/10

2. Mohamed Hassan Ali & Ors v/s The Republic SCA 22/12 Mention
Unrepresented v/s Mr. C. Brown CR8/10

3. Ahmed Abdi Barre & Ors v/s The Republic SCA 7/13 Mention
Unrepresented v/s Mr. Charles Brown CR28/12

NEW: Code of Conduct for Legal Practitioners in Seychelles


As of 29 July 2013, all legal practitioners in Seychelles are subject to a new Code of Professional Conduct, promulgated by the Chief Justice as the Legal Practitioners (Professional Conduct) Rules under the Legal Practitioners Act.

This is a ground-breaking step towards greater transparency, accountability and effectiveness in the conduct of the local bar. It provides a natural counterpoint to the Seychelles Code of Judicial Conduct, which came into effect in 2010.

New Court Building Opens


The new judiciary building – the Palais de Justice – at Ile du Port was officially opened on Monday evening in the presence of President James Michel and a host of guests.


The new judiciary building houses the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal of the Seychelles and is a US $6 million project funded by the People's Republic of China and built in partnership with the government of Seychelles.


Magistrate’s Court continues to sit in Victoria; Supreme Court and Court of Appeal at Ile du Port

Following the official opening of the new Palais de Justice at Ile du Port on 17 June 2013, as part of the National Day celebrations, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal have completed the transition to the new building and are no longer sitting in Victoria. The Palais de Justice has ample public parking and is also accessible on the number 39 (Perseverance) SPTC bus route. The hours of service for court hearings and registry and cashier operations are unchanged.