Judge ac­cuses lawyers of frus­trat­ing peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of crises

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, La­gos

Judge of a La­gos State High Court sit­ting in Ikeja, Jus­tice Toyin Ipaye, has ac­cused some Nige­rian lawyers of de­lib­er­ately frus­trat­ing the suc­cess of Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion(ADR) in the state.

The judge, who spoke at the con­tin­u­ous le­gal ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme of the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA), Ikeja, said ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that most of the re­sis­tance to the use of ADR mech­a­nisms come from lawyers and not nec­es­sar­ily their clients.

The judge, who was rep­re­sented by an­other judge, Jus­tice Lat­i­fat Oluyemi, noted that lawyers are re­sis­tant to the change be­cause they have been well trained in lit­i­ga­tion, the ad­ver­sar­ial method of re­solv­ing dis­putes and are thus un­fa­mil­iar with other mod­els.

Jus­tice Ipaye said the ap­pro­pri­ate thing for judges and mag­is­trates to do is to seek to know the rea­son for the non sub­mis­sion to me­di­a­tion or other ADR method by lawyers and claimants/lit­i­gants and ad­dress the con­cerns.

Also in his paper, “The Rudi­ments of Brief Writ­ing”, Mr. Olatunde Ade­juyigbe, coun­selled lawyers against fil­ing a brief of ar­gu­ment in sol­i­dar­ity with ap­pel­lant.

“The role of the re­spon­dent in an ap­peal is to de­fend the de­ci­sion of the court from which the ap­peal em­anates and can­vass ar­gu­ments that the de­ci­sion of the lower court be af­firmed,” Ade­juyigbe said.

Gov Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe (left) con­dol­ing mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Gaidam I Con­stituency in the State House of As­sem­bly, Mo­hammed Ali, over the death of his fa­ther Al­haji Ali Koriyel in Gaidam Town yes­ter­day.

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