Launch of Judiciary Website and Library Reopening
10 March 2020
On 10 March 2020 the Judiciary of Seychelles launched its new website: www.judiciary.sc
The website seeks to be a resource and guide for all court users. The site will be the central repository for information about the judiciary, and information created by the judiciary. It provides an introduction to the Judiciary, the different courts and tribunals; lists the judicial officers and tribunal members and explains how different aspects of the Judiciary work. It is also intended to be a resource; users can download forms, access recent cases and legislation. For lawyers, all the Practice Directions will be available in a single place. It also features a direct link to the Judiciary Causelist, detailing upcoming sittings of the different courts an tribunals.
At the official launch of the website, Chief Justice Mathilda Twomey stated that:
“An independent and impartial judiciary is a cornerstone of the rule of law and of a democratic state. It serves to protect human rights and people’s liberties, provides a check on other branches of government, and helps secure an environment conducive to economic growth and social progress. However, the Judiciary’s ability to achieve this depends on ensuring the Judiciary is itself accountable. This is in part achieved ensuring broad access to judicial information. The ability to monitor the advancement of proceedings, access good quality legal databases, and the availability of public versions of judgements ensures public awareness and scrutiny, and enhances the accountability of the whole judicial system.”
The Judiciary also announced the renaming of the Judiciary Library to the Andre Sauzier Law Library to honour the late Judge Sauzier and his commitment to the rule of law, independence and justice. The Library also features a public reading room, the Tony Angelo Reading Room, named after the Professor Tony Angelo. Professor Angelo has been an indispensable resource to the Judiciary, and through his generosity and expertise has assisted the Judiciary in preparing the Seychelles Law Reports.
In closing the Chief Justice concluded that, “access to legal information is central to legal empowerment – knowledge can only be power, if you can access the knowledge. We hope that we will be able to expand the categories of information available in the coming years.”
For more information please visit the Judiciary website: www.judiciary.sc