A vacancy exists for a post of Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal of Seychelles.

Applications are invited from persons who are qualified under Article 122 of the Constitution of Seychelles.

The person must be suitably qualified in law and can effectively, competently and impartially discharge the functions of the office of Justices of Appeal under the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles.

The appointee should preferably hold or have held high judicial office in Seychelles or elsewhere in the Commonwealth with at least 5 years of experience as an appellate Judge at the level of an Apex Court.

The appointee should have had experience in dealing with civil cases based on French jurisprudence.

The Court of Appeal has jurisdiction to hear and determine appeals from a judgement, direction, decision, declaration, decree, writ or order of the Supreme Court and such other appellate jurisdiction as may be conferred upon the Court of Appeal by this Constitution and by or under an Act.

The salary, pension, gratuity, allowances and benefits attached to the post are set out in Section 9(1) of the Judiciary Act No. 9 of 2008, as amended by Acts 16 of 2009 and 28 of 2013.

 

The attention of applicants is drawn to the “Constitutional Appointments Authority Rules on the “Selection and Appointment of Judicial Officers” and Schedule 2, which can be viewed  on the Authority’s website www.caaseychelles.com.

 

Schedule 2 of the CAA Rules duly filled including CVs, legal qualifications should reach the office of the Chairman of the Constitutional Appointments on or before Monday 7th February 2022.

 

Applications may be submitted electronically.

 

ADDRESS:

1st Floor, La Ciotat Building

P.O. Box 1087,

Mont Fleuri

TEL:  +248 4322504

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Website: www.caaseychelles.com

President Wavel Ramkalawan formally presented members of the new Advisory Committee on the Power of Pardon with their instruments of appointment during a ceremony held at State House this morning. 

The new members of the Advisory committee includes the Chairperson, Mr Jude Fred and three members, Mrs Lucy Athanasius, Mrs Beryl Dodin and Ms Chetina Saunders. President Ramkalawan has appointed the Advisory Committee on the Power of Pardon (Article 60) from candidates proposed by the Constitutional Appointments Authority as prescribed under Article 61 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles.

Its functions are to advise the President on the release of prisoners, on reducing the duration, severity or other conditions of sentences imposed upon prisoners.

The appointment of the members of the Advisory committee on the Power of Pardon, is for a period of seven years commencing on the 15th December, 2021

Addressing the audience, during the ceremony the President congratulated and wished the members courage and wisdom in the enormous task ahead of them. He urged them to be proactive, to seek guidance and to above all be thorough and fair in all their decisions. 

“Despite the enormity of the task that lies ahead I am confident that you will do the work to the best of your abilities and in the interest of the country and our fellow Seychellois brothers and sisters. As a new committee, now is the time to review and propose fresh procedures of how we can improve the existing systems we have in place. I pledge my full support and that of government in ensuring the continuous dialogue and partnership” said President Ramkalawan. 

The President also thanked the CAA for their continuous hard work as well as for the comprehensive reports and recommendations submitted, indicating the effort and high standards of service being adhered to in the discharge of their roles.

Not present at today’s ceremony was Mr Raymond Louise who is already serving a 7-year mandate as a Member of the Advisory Committee on the Power of Pardon. He was appointed on the 27 November 2017.

Present for the ceremony at State House this morning was Vice-President, Mr Ahmed Afif, Secretary of State Cabinet Affairs, Mr Mohammed Afif and Members of the Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA), Mr Michel Felix, Mrs Marie-Nella Azemia, Mrs Simone de Comarmond, Mrs Annette Georges and Mr Willy Confait.

The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan presented the new Chief Information Commissioner, Ms. Mumtaz Hasan with her Instrument of Appointment. This was held in a short ceremony at State House yesterday. 

The Chief Information Commissioner has been appointed from candidates proposed by the Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA) and in consultation with the Speaker of the National Assembly as prescribed under Section 37 (1) of the Access to Information Act.

“It is indeed an honour for me to present the Instrument of Appointment to Ms. Hasan. On behalf of Seychelles, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment and wish you the very best. I have no doubt that the work already started will continue to set new standards as we forge ahead,” said the President.

President Ramkalawan urged the media to work in partnership with the Commission in regards to Access to Information, which will in return help them in their daily tasks to give accurate and credible information. He also advises members of the public to consult with the Commission whenever they are getting difficulties accessing information.

Ms. Hasan has a Masters in Development Management and Practice from the Development Institute University, Bangladesh in collaboration with the University of Columbia, Earth Institute Programme of Jeffrey Sachs, USA.

She is a dynamic professional with diverse life experience in multi-cultural corporate and civil society agencies in leadership, advisory, technical and operational roles. She has exposure to Western, Asian, and Small Island Developing States settings, perceptive of the collective commonalities linking local to global development issues.

Speaking to the local media, Ms. Hasan said that it is a privilege and honour for her to be entrusted in this position and that she is looking forward to supporting the mandate of the Information Commission and the community with accountability, transparency, and good governance.   

Also present for the ceremony yesterday morning was the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, Vice-President Ahmed Afif, members of the commission, Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Information Commission, Ms Thereza Dogley, Members of Constitutional Appointments Authority and the daughter of Ms. Hasan.

Applications are invited from persons who are qualified under Section 40 (5) of the Physical Planning Act (No 55) of 2021 for appointments to the Appeals Board which is independent of the Planning Authority

One of the three members appointed shall be designated as the Chairperson. The functions of the Appeals Board are to:

consider any appeal by an applicant aggrieved by the decision of the Planning Authority;

and after considering  the appeal reject the appeal and confirm the Authority’s decision;

allow the appeal in whole or in part and vary the Authority’s decision;

set aside the Authority’s decision and make a decision in substitution for it: or

direct the Authority to reconsider its decision;

notify the appellant in writing of the Appeals Board’s decision on the appeal;

 

The Appeals Board shall observe such rules of procedure as may be prescribed.  

A person is qualified for appointment as a Member of the Appeals Board on the basis of integrity and qualification or experience in the field of land use planning and sustainable development and one member shall be the representative of the Ministry responsible for environment

A person appointed as a member of the Appeals Board shall hold office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for re-appointment.

The remuneration or allowance of the Members of the Appeals Board shall be such as may be prescribed.

Applications and detailed CVs including qualifications, experience, police character certificate and the names and contacts of two referees should reach the Office of the Chairperson, the Constitutional Appointments Authority, La Ciotat Building, Mont Fleuri, on or before 14th January 2022.

Applications may be submitted via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For any queries, please telephone +248 4322504

Her Worship Natasha Burian was sworn-in as the new Master of the Supreme Court of Seychelles yesterday morning, in the presence of President Wavel Ramkalawan during a swearing-in Ceremony held at State House. 

The President appointed Her Worship Natasha Burian following recommendations made by the Constitutional Appointments Authority as provided for in Article 127 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles.

During the ceremony, His Worship took two oaths; the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and the Judicial Oath.

Delivering his remarks at the event, President Ramkalawan congratulated and wished Mrs. Burian courage in the new tasks bestowed on her. The President commended her and expressed how proud he is to see another Seychellois rise up the professional ladder.

“We are confident that you have been prepared for the post that you are taking and that through your abilities and professionalism you will do our judiciary proud. Today we see a young woman taking on this responsibility and we feel reassured that our judicial system in the future continues to uphold the principles of justice and that we can rest assured that the role of the judiciary will be one as cited in our Constitution and one that future generations will be proud of,” said the President

President Ramkalawan also addressed the Judiciary in relation to the sentencing policy. As the government continues to fight crimes that are on the rise in the country, he urged the Judiciary to review its sentencing policy so as to present the country as one which is serious in dealing with crimes and protect all assets of Seychelles. 

Ms. Natasha Burian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Reading, in the United Kingdom, and was admitted to the Bar in July 2011.  On 12th May 2010, she was admitted as a Member of the Honorable Society of the Inner Temple.

 In September 2011 she commenced her Pupillage in Seychelles. She was admitted as an Attorney at Law in the Republic of Seychelles on the 13th November 2013. She was later appointed as Notary on the 16th November 2015.

Ms. Burian was sworn in as Magistrate in May 2017, a post she has occupied until to date. She has also served as Chairperson of the Rent Board, Employment Tribunal, Mental Health Care Tribunal and also as Vice-Chairperson of the Family Tribunal. She is currently undertaking Masters in Law at the University of London with specialisation in Criminology and international Criminal Justice.

Also present for the swearing-in ceremony was the First Lady, Mrs. Linda Ramkalawan, Vice-President Ahmed Afif, the Chief Justice, Justice Rony Govinden, the Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally, Secretary of State Cabinet Affairs, Mr. Mohammed Afif, Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Fiona Robinson, Members of Constitutional Appointments Authority and relatives of the Her Worship Natasha Burian.

Useful links

www.ecs.sc -  Electoral Commission 

www.oag.sc - Auditor General

www.seylii.org - Seylii

www.attorneygeneraloffice.gov.sc  - Attorney General Office

www.statehouse.gov.sc  - State House

www.sbc.sc - Seychelles Broadcasting corporation

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