By ABDULWAHAB ABDULAH & ONOZURE DANIA
To ensure speedy dispensation of justice in Lagos State, the state judiciary will, Monday begin the fourth edition of its Lagos Settlement week to facilitate an out-of Court settlement of some cases pending before various courts within the State judiciary.
Carrying out its activity through the Lagos State Multi-Door CourtHouse, an Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, initiative, the efforts apart from enhancing judicial system, according to the judiciary will ensure quicker and cheap dispensation of justice.
Director of the Multi-Door Courthouse, Mrs Caroline Etuk, who made the disclosure at a press conference said the Settlement week was set apart by the Chief Judge to settle various classes of cases in a manner that will ensure effective and effectual administration of justice.
According to Mrs Etuk, the cases that will be attended to in this year’s Lagos Settlement Week, LSW, are cases referred to it by judges of the Lagos high courts and cases that parties have agreed to bring before it.
”Apart from ensuring effective and effectual justice administration in the state, it also lessens the burden by ensuring quicker and cheap dispensation of justice”.
Speaking on the veracity of the programme, Etuk said the settlement week has recorded over 50 per cent success rate in its efforts to ensure that litigants explore less expensive Alternative Dispute Resolution processes in resolving their disputes.
Urging litigants to take advantage of the programme, Mrs Etuk said the settlement week will run from November 5 to 9, 2012 and is free.
She also said anybody willing to take advantage of the programme can walk into the Multi-Door courthouse premise located at the Lagos High Court Igbosere and will be attended to as long as such persons comes with the other party in the matter.
” We are appealing to lawyers and their client to take advantage of this programme. It is free, saves time and saves parties the stress of going through the rigors of having the cases being decided in court. “