President Danny Faure appointed Justice of Appeal Anthony Fernando as the President of the Seychelles Court of Appeal today, following the recommendation of the Constitutional Appointments Authority, pursuant with Article 123 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles.
Justice Fernando took the Oaths of Allegiance to the Constitution and the Judicial Oath before the President and in the presence of the Vice-President, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Nicholas Prea, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs Mathilda Twomey, the Attorney General, Mr Frank Ally and the Chairman and Members of the Constitutional Appointments Authority.
After completing his law degree at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka, Justice Anthony Fernando worked as an Attorney-at-Law for the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic of Sri Lanka where he reached the position of Senior State Counsel.
In 1992, he joined the Attorney General’s Office of Seychelles as Principal State Counsel. He later served as Attorney General of the Republic of Seychelles for 10 years from January 1999 until he was appointed Justice of the Court of Appeal of Seychelles in 2009.
Speaking to the press following his swearing-in ceremony, Justice Fernando said, “I have been in the Court of Appeal for the last 10 years and I feel that my experience will allow me to do a good job in this role. I will do my best for the Court and for the country. We will try to dispose of as many cases as possible, but the most important thing is to maintain the independence and impartiality of the Court; I will strive for without fear or favour.”
Justice Fernando is also a non-resident Justice of the Court Appeal of Fiji.