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 essential public services operating from Monday 4 January 2021 onwards, all Courts and Tribunals will remain in vacation mode and will only be hearing extremely urgent matters until further notice. All remands will be taken via video link.

The Judiciary would like to inform members of the public that its buildings are now restricted.

Members of the public and legal practitioners are NOT ALLOWED on these premises unless they are linked to these urgent matters, for apostilles purposes and paying of fines and fixed penalties.

Apostilles will be done on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.30 am to 12 noon only until further notice.

The Cashier unit will be open from 8.30 am to 1pm daily until further notice.

In light of all these changes, the ceremony for the formal reopening of the Supreme Court, which was scheduled for Monday 11 January 2021, has been postponed indefinitely.

The Judiciary also clarifies that none of its staff has tested positive for COVID-19 until now, unlike what is being circulated on Facebook. We are only taking precautionary measures as per our Standard Operating Procedures so as to reduce the spread of the virus and encouraging those who can to work from home.

The Judiciary extends its heartfelt support to all in the community, and especially to the health workers, during this difficult time and trust that each will do their part to break the chain of transmission.