Magistrate's Court of Seychelles - Foundation Laid, will Open in 2020

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Magistrate's Court of Seychelles - Foundation Laid, will Open in 2020

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: The Model of Magistrate's Court / Patrick Joubert via Seychelles News Agency /  Creative Commons 4.0

Image Attribute: The Model of Magistrate's Court / Patrick Joubert via Seychelles News Agency/  Creative Commons 4.0

On October 26, 2018, the foundation stone of the new building which will house Seychelle's Magistrate's court was laid, which will be located at Île du Port (Port Island) -- a manmade island on the outskirts of Victoria. Funded by the Government of India, the state-of-the-art building will be ready by January 2020.

As per the agreement signed between the two countries, India agreed to construct a Magistrate's court building next to the Seychelles Supreme Court (the Palais de Justice) at a cost of US$ 3.3 million. The new building will also house Family Tribunal, Employment Tribunal, Rent Board and Juvenile courts. 

The archipelago has a judiciary building -- the Palais de Justice -- built by the Chinese government in partnership with the government of Seychelles.  The US$ 6 million building which opened in 2013 is located close to where the new one will be, but it does not have enough space to accommodate the Magistrates’ Court.

The Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles, Ausaf Sayeed, said the construction of the court is just the beginning;

“We expect to have three other construction projects to be executed soon in the same neighborhood as this building. One would be the government secretariat which will accommodate 400 offices, a new police headquarters which will also house an inbuilt forensic laboratory and a new Attorney General’s Office."

Image Attribute: Foundation Laying Ceremony (Magistrate's Court) / Patrick Joubert via Seychelles News Agency /  Creative Commons 4.0

Image Attribute: Foundation Laying Ceremony (Magistrate's Court) / Patrick Joubert via Seychelles News Agency /  Creative Commons 4.0

Other On-going Developments


Earlier this year, the alarm bells were set off in New Delhi when the details of purported security pacts between India and Seychelles surfaced on the Internet along with a YouTube video, complete with maps and location of proposed facilities. The plan stirred up public protests by activists who believed that the islands should stay out of the brewing India-China regional conflict. 

A revised agreement was signed in 2018 and the Seychelles President has endorsed its ratification. The agreement is said to be a more detailed and improved version of the 2015 pact signed between the two countries when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Seychelles. Also, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has stated that this is going to be a joint project on the request of the Seychelles government and would be jointly managed by both countries. India plans to invest $550 million in building the facility.

With reporting by Seychelles News Agency