Legal Practitioners

Lawyers in the Seychelles are officially referred to as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Seychelles (Attorney for short). Presently there are around 40 active attorneys. Most of the attorneys are either as sole practitioners or work in partnerships. 
The Bar Association of Seychelles confers upon the more experienced and brilliant attorneys the honourary title of Senior Counsel (abbreviated to SC).

The attorneys take up the vast amount of legal work in the country. However, in general, attorneys do not take up any criminal prosecution work. This is the ambit of the Attorney General's Chambers. The Attorney General's Chambers is in charge of handling all criminal prosecutions and all civil proceedings involving the Government of Seychelles. The lawyers at this chambers are either State Counsel or Public Prosecutors. The State Counsels, whilst representing the Government of Seychelles, have full rights of audience before all of the Courts of Seychelles whilst the Public Prosecutors deal solely with criminal prosecutions in the Magistrates' Courts.
There are also Notaries. Notaries are public officials with the powers to create affidavits, certify documents and carry out conveyancing work. Although attorneys are also empowered to carry out conveyancing work. In general, one has to have practised as an attorney for 5 years before one can apply to become a Notary. However, the President may give special dispensation for that requirement. The term 'Notary Public' has been used by many Notaries when referring to themselves but the use of this term is erroneous, the proper title is simply that of Notary.
The media also sometimes refers to attorneys as Barristers and/or Solicitors. There are no such officers of the court in Seychelles. A qualified lawyer in Seychelles is simply an Attorney-at-Law. Some attorneys may, in conjunction to calling themselves an Attorney-at-Law refer to themselves as a Barrister or Barrister-at-Law, but these titles do not give its bearer any special significance in the local legal scene. They only state that the particular attorney has been called to the bar of England and Wales by one of the four inns of court. This is a postgraduate academic qualification rather than a professional one.

Page last updated on 26th May 2011.