President James Michel presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. Melchior Vidot whose nomination as Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court was recommended by the Constitutional Appointments Authority in May.
Judge Vidot took the Oaths of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath before the President and in the presence of the Vice-President, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, Judges and Justices of Appeal and a Member of the Constitutional Appointments Authority, and senior officials in the Office of the President.
Judge Vidot who is aged 51, obtained his degree in law from the University of Buckingham in UK, and was called to the Bar in 1998. He had worked as a State Counsel and Official Notary in the Department of Legal Affairs. He had served on Tenants Right Tribunal, on the Employment Tribunal as Chairman, and had been a member of the Board of the Seychelles Licensing Authority. He had been as a member of the Judicial Review Committee appointed by the President mandated to review the criminal legal system. He had also served as Master and Registrar of the Supreme Court and Registrar of the Court of Appeal. Most recently, he had been working as a private attorney and notary.
In congratulating Judge Vidot, President Michel noted that his knowledge and experience would undoubtedly contribute to the advancement of the Seychelles Judiciary.
In his remarks to the press after the ceremony, Judge Vidot said that he was eager to take up the challenges ahead. He also had words of encouragement for young people aspiring to join the Judiciary and he emphasize that they should work hard to realise their ambitions.