Mr Kishna Labonte was sworn in as a Magistrate before Chief Justice Fredrick Egonda-Ntende on the 14th January 2010 (yesterday). He is expected to serve as the new "D" Court Magistrate of Victoria as from Monday, 18th January.
Mr Labonte served as a Police Officer for 28 years, before successfully completing the University of London External LLB with honours and the Seychelles Bar Exams, which he completed in 2007. Thereafter he was sworn in as a State Counsel and has been practising as one until his appointment as a Magistrate yesterday.
Mr Labonte's appointment means that Seychelles now has 4 Magistrates, all of whom are Seychellois. His appointment will help alleviate the backlog of cases in the Magistrates courts.
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