Law Weekly: Spotlight On Lagos Multidoor Courthouse

Multi-Door Courthouse Advocates Award of SAN for ADR Lawyers

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L-R: Hon. Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, Member, Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) Governing Council, Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi, Chairman, and Hon. Justice Kunbi Oyefeso, Vice Chairman, at the Press Conference in commemoration of LMDC @ 15 and Lagos State @ 50 in Lagos

The Chairman, Governing Council of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC), Justice Adesuyi Olateru-Olagbegi has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC), to give recognition to lawyers who have participated in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as mediation counsel, by conferring on them the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) like their counterparts in core litigation.

Olateru-Olagbegi, a retired judge of the Lagos High Court, made this suggestion at a news conference to celebrate Lagos State at 50, as well to mark 15 years of the LMDC.

He urged the NJC to make appropriate amendments to the requirement for the conferment of the rank, adding that such recognition would encourage more lawyers to participate in ADR.

Olateru-Olagbegi also urged the NJC to respectfully give recognition to consent judgments obtained through ADR mechanism, and make appropriate amendments to the regulations guiding the Quarterly Returns of Judges Performance Evaluation.

The LMDC Governing Council Chairman called on all courts, lawyers and indeed, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), to unite in progressively advancing the course of ADR in the resolution of disputes in Nigeria. Read More

 

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Who we are.

In the bid to promote easier Access to Justice in line with global trends in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), the idea of a Multi-Door Courthouse (as an institutional repository of ADR mechanisms) was first mooted in 1998. Spurred by the Multi-Door Courthouse concept as propounded by Harvard Professor, Frank Sanders at the 1976 Dean Roscoe Pound Conference, Kehinde Aina, the Executive Director of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) spearheaded the quest to introduce the concept into Africa.

Our Inspiration.

Inspired by the "multi-door" concept enunciated by Harvard Law Professor, Frank Sander at the Pound Conference, The LMDC founder, Kehinde Aina, a partner in the law firm of Aina, Blankson & Co., established the Negotiation & Conflict Management Group (NCMG) in 1996 as the non -governmental organization to advocate the expansion ofADR in Nigeria and midwife the introduction of the Multi-Door Courthouse concept into the Nigerian Judicial System. His speech at the official launch of the LMDC on Tuesday, June 11, 2002, is most instructive of the purpose underlying its establishment. He commented:

Our History

The road to the events of today began in 1995. Having spent most of my early practice years in courtrooms, it became crystal clear to me that the justice system was in desperate need of an overhaul. I envisioned a comprehensive justice centre where both the consumers and providers will be collaborators and co-creators of a streamlined and agile process. I dreamt of a faster case flow management system where parties are not left impoverished and embittered; I fantasized about a legal regime where an apology would be seen as a useful tool rather than an admission of guilt; a system where disputants could problem-solve and search for common ground within the backdrop of integrity, understanding and human decency. My dream was to create a nexus for peace, fairness and an effective administration of justice in our dear country, Nigeria. 

Our Path

We are on the path of fulfilling this dream! A high point in the existence of the LMDC came in May 2007 when the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse Law was enacted. This legislation encapsulates all the ideals of the organization and provides a legal framework for its operations. By the provisions of the law the Centre is established to serve as a focal point for the promotion of ADR in Lagos State and to support the growth and effective functioning of the justice system through ADR methods.