The Family Tribunal of Seychelles was established in terms of section 77 of the Children Act in 1998. The Family Tribunal provides an efficient and caring service that brings quick relief to the parties in dysfunctional families by having an integrated and coordinating strategy for the resolution of disputes within those families. Following the enactment of the Family Violence (Protection of Victims) Act, the Family Tribunal’s jurisdiction was extended to respond to victims of family violence.
The appointment of the Tribunal members is made by the Minister and published in the official gazette. It is comprised of one Chairman, two vice-chairmen and 7 members.
The Family Tribunal hears and determines matters relating to access to children, custody of children, care of minor children, maintenance for both children and parents, paternity, family violence and non-removal of children from the Seychelles.
Applications can be registered by any individual once the Registration Officer is satisfied that the complainant has a genuine legitimate complaint. An applicant can register an application at the Family Tribunal Secretariat.
Documents to be provided when registering an application: children’s birth certificates, NIN for applicant and children, marriage certificate, and where pertinent, certificates from doctors and police in the case of family violence.
For more information please visit the Department of Social Affairs website.