29 March 2021 By Victoria Abah.
The President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, wants the judiciary to rise to the challenge of adjudication in the 21st Century.
Justice Dongban- Mensem while speaking at the inaugural session of mediation appeals held at the Court of Appeal Mediation Centre in Abuja, said if the innovation was widely adopted, it would enhance speedy dispensation of justice in the country.
She explained that the innovation was the first of its kind in West Africa, stating that good performance on the part of the country’s judiciary would improve employment and domestic economic growth.
The jurist noted that the Alternative Dispute Resolution if fully utilised, would introduce a multi- track justice delivery system to the appellate level.
“There is a need for the judiciary to rise and meet the challenges of adjudication in the 21st Century.
“Where we successfully achieve this, we will undoubtedly make the nation more attractive in international trade and foreign direct investment.
“This would improve employment and domestic economic growth.
“I therefore urge us all to nuture this idea collectively by getting involved in this novel innovation for quicker justice delivery.
“We certainly cannot afford to be left behind.”
Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem appealed to the bar and the bench to uphold the ideas of the center, for quick and amicable resolution of disputes adding that, this could be achieved if all sides imbibe the highest code of ethics and global best practices in the operation of the center.
Commending the president of the appeal court, the Chief Mediator, Justice Williams-Daudu, said the innovation was a welcomed development.
“I will like to congratulate the president.
“I say this not only because of what she has said but because of what my and i think suck should be appreciated and acknowledged.”
Amongst the appellants at the first session was a business tycoon, Chief Ned Nwoko, who described the Alternative Dispute Resolution as a right step in the right direction.
The mediation center, was opened in 2018, as a way of ensuring speedy and efficient dispensation of justice, with an overriding objective of promoting mediation and alternative dispute resolution.