The Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has emphasized that Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism is getting a well-deserved attention in the state.
The Chief Judge who stated this at the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Ogun Multi-Door Courthouse (OMDC) and award ceremonies, held on Wednesday, June 9th, at the Magistrate Court Premises, Isabo, Abeokuta, commended the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his supports, encouragement and co-operation towards the development of Justice system in Ogun State.
Prince Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, noted that “it is on record that the Ogun State Judiciary was among the first few State that complied with the directory to the National Judicial Policy that adopt alternate dispute resolution mechanism into the Court system”.
Governor Dapo Abiodun thereby charged the newly Inaugurated Ogun Multi door Court house Governing Council members to be more focused and courageous in the discharge of their duties.
“I Charge the new governing council members to appreciate the enormity of this society by bringing to the fore more than before , their innovative and adaptive capability and make strong bricks without straw , think outside the box or perhaps even behind the box.”
Furthermore, Justice Dipeolu stated that the new era evolved in the OMDC would further enhance and promote the Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism and the administration of justice, adding that it would also aid ease of doing businesses in the state.
She added that the Courthouse is an avenue for citizens to get their disputes resolved speedily, advising the governing body which according to her will periodically report to her office, to pay attention to the quality of Mediators, Arbitrators, and Conciliators who will be resolving issues brought to the Courthouses.
“The Chairman and members of the governing Council should note that this is a call to the service of the Lord, therefore they must ensure that parties that come to the Multi door court houses receive Justice”
“The Council must ensure that there is no room for corruption within the systems so as to ensure litigants are not discouraged, thereby defeating the purpose of the program.” she added
The Chief Judge, analysed that since Inception of the OMDC till February 2021, Nine hundred and twenty (920) cases have been filed at the Multi door Court houses across the State and more are been filed daily.
She further stated that” Five hundred and twenty three (523) cases have been resolved and / or settled as well”.
Delivering an inaugural lecture on the role of Multi-Door Courthouse in effective administration of justice, a Professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Prof. Yetunde Alero-Akeredolu, disclosed that OMDC provides other dispute resolution mechanisms towards a faster, cost effective and user friendly access to justice.
She however advised relevant authorities to make the process more easier and look into the problem of OMDC locations, in case of workers’ strike, calling for investment in online dispute resolution as a way forward in such cases.
The governing Council is made up of Ten (10) members nominated from the Judiciary, The Nigerian Bar Association, the traditional Council, the League of Imams and the Christian Association of Nigeria.
The inauguration ceremony also had in attendance the State Judges, Paramount rulers, SANs, Magistrates, JAs among others