The André Sauzier Law Library and Archive is on the second and third floors of the Palais de Justice.
Justice André Sauzier
The library is named after André Sauzier, the former Justice of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Justice Sauzier was born in Mauritius in 1922, but served the Seychelles Court system between 1970 and 1987. During his life, he wrote several books that have contributed to the intellectual understanding of Seychelles’ particular mixed-legal background in French Civil Code and British Common Law.
Historical Background of the Seychelles Legal System
The Seychelles Islands are an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. The islands are one of the rare countries in the world with a legal heritage of French Civil Code and British Common Law. Our hybrid jurisdiction took root in the early 19th-century, and since then, Seychelles has come to share a legal history with only 3.47% of the world population.
- The Sauzier Law Library is home to the primary legal documents of Seychelles. We offer access to acts, statutory instruments, law reports, and the Laws of Seychelles. The secondary collection consists of law journals from the British Commonwealth, East Africa, Tanzania, and Mauritius, among others. There is a French collection of the Encyclopedie Dalloz and Juris Classeur and there are also several monographs on various legal topics from the Indian Ocean region and beyond.
- You may reach the Library at:+248 428 5833
Using the Library
- There is a public access computer in the Tony Angelo Reading Room. You can use the computer to research our legal collection.
- You may not remove Library items from the Library. Library materials are not circulated.
- You may not have food in the library.
- You may have non-alcoholic drinks in a spill-proof container.
- The Law Library is a place for research and study, please remain quiet and respectful of other people’s contemplation. Consequently, please prepare to take phone conversations on the library balcony.
- Do not write in, destroy, or deface Library property. Please remove papers used for notes from library materials. Please do not use and leave sticky papers in library books.
- Patrons may use the public access computer to access the online catalog for research. You may not save any documents on the computer. All items saved on the desktop are removed daily.
Using the Reading Room
- The Tony Angelo Reading Room is located inside the Sauzier Law Library. The public has access to an online public access computer and a table for 6. The reading room may be booked an hour at a time for meetings or classroom discussions. Please contact the library to make your reservation.
- The Library is open Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.
- The Library is open to the public.
Visiting the Library
- If you would like to visit the Sauzier Law Library, it is situated at the Palais de Justice, Ile du Port.
- When you arrive at the Palais de Justice, please have your I.D. If you are a Seychelles citizen or an international guest, you will have to register at the entrance of the building.
- Contact number:+248 428 5833