Thursday, 5 February 2015


In a bid to ensure quick dispensation of justice, the Chief Judge of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi has said that the state would soon establish arbitration courts.

Justice Umeadi, who disclosed this while interacting with a  group of Certified Arbitrators who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Awka, yesterday, charged arbitrators to take full advantage of the increased volume of criminal and civil cases emanating from business transactions to take the practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to a higher level.

He reminded the group that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Muhammed has directed that henceforth, cases dispensed through ADR would be considered as part of the cumulative rating of judges throughout the country, which according to him, holds better prospects for the nation’s judiciary system.

Hence, the Chief Judge directed specialised court halls for alternative dispute Resolution (ADR) in the state to be included in the ongoing construction of new judiciary headquarters at Agu-Awka in Awka South Council area of Anambra State, even as he called for better collaboration between the legal practitioners in order to ensure the actualisation of the set objectives.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mr. Damian Okoli explained that the purpose of the visit was to explore opportunities of  building synergy between members of the bar, the bench and the arbitrators towards ensuring that the practice of ADR commences in  the State, noting that it would engender peaceful resolution of conflicts rather than the adversarial system  of litigation currently being practiced in the Country.



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