The Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse (OMDC) was launched on 10th February 2017 to provide further access to justice for the people of Ogun State and the wider society at large. The Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse provides Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, which are geared towards efficient and timely resolution of disputes.
The Multi-Door Courthouse is in itself, a multi-faceted dispute resolution center within the administrative structure of the Court; where disputes can be efficiently addressed through available mechanisms identified as best suited for the Parties and issues involved. The Multi-Door Courthouse serves as an alternative to litigation by providing other dispute mechanisms towards a faster, cost effective and user-friendly access to justice. Parties to a dispute have the choice of selecting their neutral third party from a panel of Neutrals composed of skilled and well experienced ADR practitioner.
The types of cases/ matters handled at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse include Tenancy, Land disputes, Loan recovery, Partnership disputes, Child custody, Malicious damage, Probate matters, Assault, Breach of peace, Stealing, Obtaining money under false pretense etc.
There are four Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouses located at Abeokuta, Ijebu-ode, Sagamu and Otta.
The choice of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms available at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse are:
iv. Mediative Conciliation;
v. Expert Determination;
vi. Early Neutral Evaluation.
*FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:*
1. Can my lawyer be present with me at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse?
Yes, your lawyer can be present. However, being that it is a party driven process, your lawyer’s role is limited to advising and assisting you in understanding your duties and obligations at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse.
2. Can I be absent while my lawyer represents me at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse?
No. All parties must be present for the chosen Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse. This is because Alternative Dispute Resolution is a party driven process and the lawyers only serve as advisory role.
3. Are the resolutions reached at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse enforceable?
Yes. Once resolutions are reached by parties, the parties may approach the Courts to enter same as consent judgment.
4. How do I make use of the options available at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse?
Cases are processed at the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse through 5 main routes being:
i. Courts referring appropriate parties and cases to the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse.
ii. Lawyers referring appropriate parties and cases to the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse.
iii. Parties walk into the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse themselves (walk-in cases)
iv. Parties with contractual agreements with ADR clauses can approach the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse for assistance with disputes arising from such contracts.
v. The Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse may proactively reach out to disputing parties, where the issues in dispute are of public interest.
5. What are the advantages of using the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse?
There are numerous advantages of using the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse. These include:
i. Timely resolution of disputes;
ii. Reduction in case dockets of Courts;
iii. Sustenance of business resolutions;
iv. Restoration of pre-dispute relationships;
v. Voluntary compliance with resolutions;
vi. Reaching resolutions suited to party needs etc.
Multidoor courthouse addresses
1. Multi-Door Courthouse, Abeokuta: Magistrate Court premises, Isabo Road, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
2. Multi-Door Courthouse Ijebu-ode: High Court Premises, Igbeba Road, opposite Igbeba Police Station, Ijebu-Ode.
3. Multi-Door Courthouse Sagamu: High Court premises, Old Abeokuta Road,