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The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has reiterated her administration’s commitment to prioritizing decongestion of the correctional centres in the state.
The Chief Judge made this known while delivering her welcome address at the commissioning of a new magistrate court at Iperu recently.
Dipeolu noted that the centres had become grossly congested by a deluge of awaiting trial inmates.
“The congestion in the correctional service centres is a direct offshoot of the workload on all the judges and magistrates, indeed, I took a tour of all the divisions and magisterial districts to have a firsthand assessment of this enormous workload” she stated.
The Hon. Chief Judge disclosed that the inauguration of the court was borne out of the workload of the existing magistrate courts which led to incessant and avoidable delay in the adjudication of cases.
“When adjudiciation is delayed, the defendant, whose bail is not perfected remains in detention, hence the increase in the number of awaiting trial inmates in the correctional service centres across the state” she added.
The newly commissioned court according to her will delimit the workload in other magistrate courts particularly Sagamu and Ikenne magistrate courts.
Ogun State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has described Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR as the globally recognized, quickest and less acrimonious means of resolving dispute.
Justice Dipeolu said this recently at the commissioning of the third Ogun Multi-Door Courthouse situated within the High Court premises, Sagamu in the Sagamu Local Government Area of the State.
“Alternative Dispute Resolution is now widely acknowledged as the quickest and less acrimonious means of resolving dispute globally” she stated.
Dipeolu made it known that “The Journey started further to the directive in the National Judicial Council policy of 2016, Article 3.7 of which provides: “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) should be adopted by all Court”
“I am proud to say that the Ogun State Judiciary has today, become one of the very few judiciaries that have complied with the directive and keyed into the programme ” She said.
Commenting on the need for the State Judiciary to key into the system, she said “The current slow pace of litigation is not sufficient and cannot be relied upon to cater for the impending legal tussles. It has therefore become important and necessary for the Ogun State Judiciary to adopt this globally recognized fast and less cumbersome means of settling disputes”.
While explaining her desire to bring justice to the doorsteps of the people of Ogun State, the Chief Judge maintained that the system has gone beyond adopting the initiative but to make it available for the users.
“what we are doing today has now gone beyond keying into the Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism but bringing Alternative Dispute Resolution to the door steps of the good people of Ogun State”.
Speaking at the auspicious occasion, the governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun who was represented by his Deputy, Engr. (Mrs.) Noimat Salako-Oyedele congratulated the Hon. Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, the State Judiciary and the people of Remoland on the laudable feat.
He described the construction and the commissioning of the complex as being complementary to the agenda of his administration “… building our future together”.
According to him, the agenda encourages investment in all sectors of the state especially, the SME sector.
Abiodun therefore noted that if put into use, the facility will definitely be useful in encouraging investment and also help in sorting out dispute in the sector.
The state helmsman also believes that the mechanism will ensure that business processes are not strangulated by exorbitant and protracted court processes.
Among the dignitaries present at the occasion were, the Odele Odua, High chief Kensington Adebukola Adebutu and the Akarigbo of Remoland, HRH Oba Babatunde Ajayi