Alternative dispute resolution court goes online with launch in Edo

Alternative dispute resolution court goes online with launch in Edo

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Dispensation justice delivery in Edo State has been easier, with the launch of the State Multi-Door Court website and the Online Dispute Resolution(ODR) platform.

Hon. Justice Joe Acha, the state Attorney General/ Commissioner for Justice launched the website on Thursday in Benin City.

In a brief remark, Justice Acha said the website was designed to enhance economic development for the Citizens of Edo State through ease and effective justice delivery

Acha stated that the online dispute resolution is suited for commercial disputes which disputants can clearly elucidate their interests giving the Neutral a more lucid and speedier path to assisting them reach resolution and simultaneously enhancing contract enforcement in the State.

“It is my delight to be with you today at the launching of the Edo state Multi-Door Court website and the official takeoff of its Online Dispute Resolution Platform.

“A few weeks ago, we embarked on a large scale training program of 100 persons in ODR.

“The training of these 100 persons was a follow up on the training of 100 persons in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)in November 2020 all under the auspices of the German Agency for International Development in the Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme (SEDIN GIZ).

“Since the inauguration of Edo State Multi-Door Court in 2017, ESMDC has continued to grow and expand in its scope of activity as a court.

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“And it is in keeping with this forward moving trend that we are gathered here today to witness the Launch of the ESMDC website and ODR platform.

“The Chief Judge of the state explained that the ODR platform which is domiciled in the ESMDC website is the very first of its kind in Nigeria.

“I am very proud to say that Edo State Judiciary has once again proven to be a true pioneer and a trail blazer,” he said.

Acha noted that the online websites became necessary in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic adding that, SEDIN GIZ was currently conducting an outreach to sensitize Micro, Small, and Medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the state about the ADR services offered at ESMDC.

Also speaking, the functioning Director, Edo State Multi-Door Court( ESMDC) Her Honour, Mrs Osazemen Olubunmi Achebo said
the goal of the ESMDC is to serve as a vital complement to the existing Litigation and Justice delivery frame work in the Judiciary.

Achebo explained that the online dispute resolution is positioned to project and offer to the general public enhanced, timely, cost effective, and user friendly route to Justice.
 
“We practice the adversarial system of law in Nigeria where from the beginning of the filing process the two sides are pitched against one another.

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” Over time, parties form the habit of being entrenched in their desire to win at all costs to the effect that often, many reasonable areas of compromise are ignored,” he said.f

“We need to understand and accept that not all cases are suited for this level of belligerence and this is the reason Multi-door courts exist.

According to her, the public is advised to log on to: www.edostatemultidoorcourt.org
Or call ESMDC: Momoh on 08168915929; Sam on 08062932254; Achebo on 08182937660
(@memechebs)
Instagram:@edostate_multidoorcourt,
Email: esmdcadrcentre@gmail.com

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