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YENAGOA — IN a bid to relieve the judiciary of the great burden of prolonged and unresolved cases in the courts which encumber effective.....
YENAGOA — IN a bid to relieve the judiciary of the great burden of prolonged and unresolved cases in the courts which encumber effective administration of justice in the country, the Federal Court of Appeal has accepted that Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes be integrated into the judicial system.
Inaugurating the first District Society of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria in Yenagoa, the former Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria who is also the National President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria, Hon. Justice Kayode Eso, who made the disclosure said alternative dispute resolution is currently being practised all over the world, including the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
“The Federal Court of Appeal has accepted to adopt alternative dispute resolution and already arrangements are been made to have it imbibed even in the Court of Appeal rules.
Lagos State has amended its rules to inculcate alternative dispute resolution and there is a multi-door court system in Lagos where people go to resolve the issues dividing them,” he noted.
He added, “Arbitration is such that we intend to relieve the courts of the great burden which really encumbers justice. Justice delayed is justice denied. Many cases are in the courts, which have taken many years to resolve. These cases go on appeal from the High Court to the Court of Appeal, and eventually to the Supreme Court and back to the High Court again.”
According to him, “the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria is to inculcate the spirit of alternative dispute resolution. We can have disputes resolved in an alternative way by having arbitrators to do it”.
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