Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Registrar of the Supreme Court Appointed

Mr Jude Bonte has been appointed as the new Registrar of the Supreme Court of Seychelles. This is a welcome appointment given that certain matters at the Supreme Court were at a standstill since the departure of the previous Registrar in early January.

The Registrar of the Supreme Court is, inter alia, in charge of the day to day administration of the Courts. Although it is not necessary for the Registrar of the Supreme Court to be a qualified lawyer, as the Registrar has to deal with certain legal matters, it is highly desirable that the Registrar has experience in court processes. And prior to this appointment, Mr Bonte was a practicing Attorney-at-Law and a Notary. He had also served as a State Counsel at the Attorney General's Office and was the Compliance and Corporate Services Manager at the Seychelles International Business Authority (SIBA). Mr Bonte was also elected to the Management Committee of the Bar Association of Seychelles in 2009. Mr Bonte was instrumental in the setting up of the website of the Bar Association of Seychelles.

Mr Bonte has a computer-related bachelor's degree, a Graduate Diploma in Law and has successfully completed the Legal Practice Course of the UK. It is hoped that Mr Bonte can bring the Supreme Court into the IT age. Already, steps have been done to publish selected Supreme Court judgments online.

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