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Seychelles President appoints first female judge

Seychelles President appoints first female judge ( Seychelles President Mr. James Michel has approved the appointment of Mrs. Mathilda Twomey as a Justice of the Court of Appeal, following the recommendation of the Constitutional Appointments Authority.

“Mathilda Twomey will become the first female judge in the history of Seychelles. I congratulate Mrs. Twomey on her achievement and wish her well in her new post. I hope that other young women will look to her for inspiration for a career in the judiciary in the future. Her appointment is timely as we have recently celebrated one hundred years of Women’s Day; it is another victory for Seychelles,” said President Michel.

Mrs. Twomey (née Butler-Payette) is a Seychellois Barrister-at-Law, who practiced law in Seychelles between 1987 and 1995 as a Senior State Counsel and Official Notary, as well as a Barrister/Attorney undertaking Criminal and Civil Litigation in courts and tribunals.

In 1992-93, Mathilda Twomey was a member of the Seychelles Constitutional Commission that drafted the Constitution of the Third Republic.

Since 1995, Mrs. Twomey has been living and working in Ireland. Since 1996, she worked as a regional coordinator for Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, a non-governmental organization working in advocacy, policy development, and legal advice for people with disabilities.

Mathilda Twomey is completing a Masters in Law at the University of Ireland, and also has a degree in French Law from the University of Paris Sud, France, as well a Bachelor’s Degree in English and French Law from the University of Kent, UK.

PHOTO: Mathilda Twomey / Photo from Seychelles Tourism Board

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St. Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email:

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