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Business law in the Seychelles

Legal Framework

Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
The constitution specifically provides equal protection to all persons. Foreign nationals can, to a large extent, expect an impartial trial from the country’s judicial system. The judiciary is independent, and the domestic legal system is generally non-discriminatory and transparent.
The Language of Justice
The national languages of Seychelles are Seychellois Creole, English and French.
The official language of the courts in Seychelles is English. Court interpreters are present in all Palais de Justice Courtrooms.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
Mauritius draws legal principles from both French civil law and British common law traditions: while its substance is based on the Napoleonic Code of 1804, the procedures draw from the English system. Commercial and contractual law is also based on the French civil code.
The constitution is the supreme law of the land and provides for the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens, the structure and powers of government, and the system of justice.
The legislation refers to laws passed by the National Assembly or regulations made by the President under the authority of an Act of Parliament. It includes primary legislation such as Acts of Parliament and secondary legislation such as Regulations and Orders.
Furthermore, as Seychelles' legal system is also based on the English common law system, the decisions of the courts of Seychelles, as well as those of the English courts, are persuasive.
Finally, customary law is recognized and enforced by the courts in the country, provided that it is not repugnant to the principles of natural justice, equity, and good conscience.
Checking National Laws Online
Seychelles Legal Information Institute (SeyLII)
Office of the Attorney General

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