LMDC clears huge backlog of cases through mediation


                               Mrs Adeyinka Aroyewun, Deputy Director, LMDC, delivering a paper at 
                             a one-day awareness seminar on ADR, organised for maritime journalists

A total of 201 cases were successfully settled from the 351 cases that were mediated on in 2013 by the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) through its special programme, the Lagos Settlement Week (LSW), Deputy Director, LMDC, Adeyinka  Aroyewun, disclosed.
She said this while presenting a paper at a one-day awareness workshop at the LMDC, Lagos, highlighting the importance and necessity of an Alternative Dispute Resolution option in resolving disputes promptly and at a low cost.
The LSW; a joint initiative of the LMDC, the Lagos State Judiciary, and the Nigerian Bar Association, as defined by the LMDC Law 2007, is a week set aside by the Chief Judge of Lagos State for specific courts to clear backlog of cases through means which include referrals to the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse for the possible resolution through mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation or any other ADR procedure.
Aroyewun said that the legal framework for the LMCD (Section 2 of the LMDC Law 2007) was to make the LMDC the focal point for the promotion of ADR in Lagos State and enhance access to justice by the provision of alternative mechanisms to litigation.
Her presentation disclosed that the LMDC Law had made case referrals mandatory for cases so qualified, as well as enforcement of settlements. This is besides the walk-in matters; when an applicant or his counsel comes in to make enquiries requesting for the LMDC service, and a direct intervention; where the LMDC brings in a matter by directly intervening and inviting parties to the LMDC.