ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: OGUN JUDICIARY HOSTS 1ST ANNUAL JUDGES’ ADR CONFERENCE

HCT 2 ABK – BEFORE HIS LORDSHIP, THE HON. JUSTICE OLAREWAJU MABEKOJE – JUDGE
November 27, 2023
OGUN JUDGES MOURN SOMOLU, BID HIM FAREWELL
November 27, 2023
HCT 2 ABK – BEFORE HIS LORDSHIP, THE HON. JUSTICE OLAREWAJU MABEKOJE – JUDGE
November 27, 2023
OGUN JUDGES MOURN SOMOLU, BID HIM FAREWELL
November 27, 2023

Alternative to Litigation has been described as a mechanism capable of  strengthening judicial reform,unclog the courts, increase certainty in business investments, support economic development, increase access and reduce cost of getting justice.

The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, disclosed this in her welcome address, at the 1st Annual National ADR Conference for Honourable Judges, held at the  Ogun State Judiciary Complex in Abeokuta.

The Chief Judge noted that the essence of the conference is to introduce to the Judges the unhindered benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution {ADR} techniques which according to her would help in resolving cases quickly, cheaply and permits claimants to present claims they could not litigate before the court.

Commending the Ogun State Judiciary for taking the lead in the adoption of the ADR Mechanisms in Nigeria, President, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Dr. Agada John Elachi in his remarks, disclosed that Ogun State Judiciary is the 1st and only State in Nigeria to have five Multi-door Courthouses.

Dr. Elachi further stated that the deployment of alternatives to litigation by resorting to ADR mechanism such as arbitration, mediation, conciliation among others, will ensure greater access to justice, reduce delay in the workings of dispute resolution and avail disputants options from which they can choose to address their specific concerns.

“Due to an uninformed blaming of the Judiciary for the delay in the resolution of cases that come before the courts, then there is an urgent need to put in place policies, measures and structures that will result in more efficient use of Judicial time and resources” the President stated.

He enjoined Judicial Officers to promote access to justice through greater involvement in the support of the ethos and practice of ADR principles so that the courts can be free of unnecessary burdens and depletion of both human and material resources.

A life member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators governing Council , Amb. Olusegun Ogunyanwo, who decried lawyers’ dwindling interest in ADR due to its low income, admonished them to promote the use of ADR to their clients in order to quicken dispensation of justice that would boost investors’ confidence as litigants are tired of delayed in Justice.

According to him, cases on Civil and Common  matters are heard in the Multidoor Court houses.

The Conference with the theme “The critical role of the Justice sector in the promotion of Alternative to litigation” had in attendance Hon. Judges from Osun State High Court and Customary Court, Oyo State High Court , Edo State High Court, Federal High Court, Lagos State High Court, National Industrial Court, Ondo State High Court, Nasarawa State High Court, Plateau State High Court, Rivers State High Court, Sokoto State High Court, Taraba State High Court, Kaduna State High Court, Kano State High Court and Kebbi State High Court.

Apart from the nitty gritty of ADR , participants were also treated to the avowed hospitality of Ogun State as well as a guided tour of interesting places in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State.

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