The legal framework of the small island state of Seychelles is complex, involving an unusual and ongoing hybridisation of civil and common law traditions. This rich legislative inheritance reflects the mixed colonial history of the nation, traced from discovery in 1502 to independence in 1976.
The modern Constitution of Seychelles (1993) provides for a democratic multi-party sovereign republic with an elected President and a unicameral legislature. The Judiciary has at its apex a part time Court of Appeal, with a Supreme Court which also sits as the Constitutional Court, a subordinate Magistrates’ Court, and various specialist tribunals.
The Grey Book of Seychelles comprises 85 of the most widely cited Acts in Seychelles and their associated subordinate legislation, annotated and updated to 31 December 2015. It does not include all the Acts currently in force, but is intended as a convenient essential reference tool for both the legal community and the general public.
The Grey Book takes as its source material the last complete edition of the Laws of Seychelles (1991), supplemented where possible by more recent official consolidations, together with all Gazettes published since that date. This enables persons interested in the laws of Seychelles both to track the history of key laws and to access those laws as they currently stand.
Blackhall Publishing publishes the consolidated Grey Book of Seychelles in print in three hard cover volumes, on CD-ROM, and online. The CD–ROM edition is published using Folio Views®. Both the CD-ROM and online versions are fully searchable and allow legislation to be printed in pdf or text format.
The preparation of the Grey Book was a collaborative project with the Seychelles Legal Information Institute, which is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to improving public access to essential legal information in Seychelles. The Grey Book does not constitute an official revised edition within the meaning of the Statute Law Revision Act.