For Peace, Cultivate Justice – Highlights from Chief Justice Ronny Govinden’s Speech for Soft Opening of Courts

The Chief Justice Ronny Govinden addressed attendees of the soft reopening of courts on Monday 15 February, comprised of Justices, Judges, Magistrates, few court staff, and the media in Court Room 1, including all watching live on television and online. Chief Justice Govinden stressed on the theme chosen for the year, “Our cry is that […]

A Soft Reopening of Courts Ceremony Will Take Place on 15 February 2021

The annual reopening of the courts ceremony will now take place on Monday 15 February at 9.30AM in Court Room 1 of the Supreme Court, Palais de Justice. A ‘soft opening’ was chosen by the Chief Justice’s Office as an appropriate alternative to the traditionally grand ceremony, after the formal reopening scheduled for early January […]


Due to the new measures put in place by the President and the Public Health Authority, the Judiciary of Seychelles is taking all precautions necessary to curb the spread of the virus in the community and therefore has found it necessary to activate the second phase of its COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan. As part of the […]

Seychelles Child Law Reform Commission completes review of Penal Code and will propose new sexual offences law with enhanced protections for children

The following note provides an update on the work undertaken by the Seychelles Child Law Reform Committee since its establishment in June 2020, and its plans for 2021. This note has been prepared by the Chairperson of the Child Law Reform Committee (CLRC), Justice Dr. Mathilda Twomey, and Alan Wallis, Head of the CLRC Technical […]

Know Your Rights (Konn ou drwa) – Judiciary partners with newspaper to release weekly educational material

The Judiciary has partnered with NATION newspaper, who is sponsoring a column each week, to help promote and raise public awareness on the various courts and people’s rights when bringing cases forward to the different Courts and Tribunals. These include the Employment Tribunal, Family Tribunal, Juvenile Court, Rent Board, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and […]

Judiciary Announces Its Theme for 2021: “For peace, cultivate justice”

On this International Human Rights Day, the Judiciary of Seychelles announces its guiding theme, “For peace, cultivate justice” (pacem, colunt justitiam) to reinforce the need for continued peace building, accountability, and restorative justice as the country continues to grow democratically.   The reopening of the courts is set for Monday 11 January 2021, which will […]

Supreme Court Judge Ronny Govinden Sworn In As Chief Justice

Supreme Court Judge Ronny Govinden has been appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by the Constitutional Appointments Authority. He was sworn in this morning in a ceremony at State House. In a short statement after the ceremony, Chief Justice Govinden highlighted that his priorities for an action plan include; promoting the rule of […]

Citizens Engagement and Democracy Platforms React to Outgoing Chief Justice Mathilda Twomey’s Farewell Speech

Below are the comments and reactions from two non-governmental entities on outgoing Chief Justice Dr. Mathilda Twomey's farewell speech made on Wednesday 30 September at the Supreme Court. The speech is entitled 'Kouraz mon pei' (Courage my country) and can be read in full here. Reaction from the Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles The Citizens Engagement [...]

Achievements and Work in Progress within the Judiciary

The Judiciary hosted a press conference on Monday 28 September to highlight the work undertaken over the last five years with its achievements and work that is still left to be done. This was hosted ahead of Dr. Mathilda Twomey completing her five year mandate as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. While the media's [...]

New Justice of Appeal Justice Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake Sworn In

Hon. Justice Professor Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake, Ph.D., was sworn into his new role as Justice of Appeal on the Court of Appeal on Thursday 13 August.  During the swearing-in ceremony at State House in front of President Danny Faure, the Honourable Justice Professor Oagile Bethuel Key Dingake took two Oaths; The Oath of Allegiance […]