Dis­pute res­o­lu­tion will re­duce cases in courts – CJN

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

The Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria (CJN), Jus­tice Wal­ter Onnoghen said the adop­tion of Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion (ADR) mech­a­nism will dras­ti­cally re­duce the vol­ume of cases in courts.

Jus­tice Onnoghen stated this yes­ter­day at the open­ing of the 2018 Na­tional Sem­i­nar on Con­struc­tion Law (NSCL) for judges which held in Abuja.

He said the court has put in place sys­tems of dis­pute set­tle­ment, say­ing “The Multi-Door Court House has been in­tro­duced in our courts across the coun­try to make Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion (ADR) eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and to en­cour­age lit­i­gants to ac­cess the var­i­ous dis­pute res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nisms avail­able.”

“My Lords, in a bid to pro­mote Al­ter­na­tive Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion (ADR), I have di­rected at sev­eral fora such as this, that courts must en­sure that con­tracts where ar­bi­tra­tion clauses are in­serted must first go through ar­bi­tra­tion be­fore ex­plor­ing the op­tion of lit­i­ga­tion; as this will not only re­duce the load of cases but also bring about speedy tri­als, en­cour­age case flow man­age­ment, in­crease in­vestors’ con­fi­dence in the con­struc­tion sec­tor and fur­ther strengthen the econ­omy.”

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