The structure of the LMDC is determined by the Lagos Multi-Courthouse Law 2007.

Chief Judge of Lagos State                                            

The Hon. Chief Judge of Lagos State has full oversight of the LMDC. The role of the Hon. Chief Judge as defined by Section 9 of the Law is as follows:

    It shall be the responsibility of the Chief Judge of Lagos State to:

(a)

appoint the members of the Governing Council in accordance with the provisions of section 7 of the Law;

(b)

appoint the Chairman of the Governing Council;

(c)

receive regular updates on the activities of the LMDC from  the  Governing Council, including reports of its financial and overall         activities

(d)

promote the growth and development of the LMDC including its integration within the Judicial System; and

(e)

make other contributions which shall enhance the activities of the LMDC and to further its overriding objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

LMDC Governing Council          

The functions and mandate of the Governing Council of the LMDC is entrenched in Section 5 of the LMDC Law 2007. The provision empowers the Governing Council to carry out the following responsibilities:

5(1) The overall supervision of the LMDC shall vest in the Governing Council (referred to in this law as ‘the Council”) and shall have the functions assigned to it by this law

(2) The Council shall:

a.       

 consider and approve the annual budget of the LMDC

b.       

approve the remuneration and conditions of service of the staff of the LMDC;

c.

initiate or validate proposals to restructure and expand the LMDC;

d.

foster the relationship between the LMDC and other private  or Government establishments;

e.

 assume responsibility for existing rights, liabilities, claims and agreements entered into with regard to the LMDC, and

f.

do other things as the Council may consider appropriate for the overall development and growth of the LMDC to enhance the effective administration and delivery of justice.

 

Composition of Council

The Governing Council is composed of the following

a.      Chairman

b.      2 (Two) ADR Judges

c.      The Attorney-General of Lagos State

d.      A representative of the Nigeria Bar Association

e.      A representative of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG)

f.       The Director of the LMDC

g.      A representative of the Private Sector

 

Governing Council of the LMDC (2008 – 2014)

Hon. Justice Opeyemi O. Oke

Chairman, LMDC Governing Council

Hon. Justice O. A. Ipaye

Vice-Chairman, LMDC Governing Council

Hon. Justice R. I. B. Adebiyi

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Mr. Ade Ipaye

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Deacon Segun Ajibola

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Mr. Kehinde Aina

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Mr. Tony Ubani

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Mrs. Caroline Etuk

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Mrs. Adeyinka Aroyewun

Secretary. LMDC Governing Council

 

 

Present Membership of the Governing Council of the LMDC (2014-till date)

Hon. Justice Adesuyi Olateru- Olagbegi

Chairman, LMDC Governing Council

Hon. Justice J.E. Oyefeso (Mrs.)

Vice-Chairman, LMDC Governing Council

Hon. Justice A.A. Oyebanji (Mrs.)

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Hon. Attorney General of Lagos State

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Barr. Adedotun Adetunji

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Professor Isabella Okagbue

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Professor Bolaji Owansanoye

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Mr. Bunmi Oni

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Mrs. Caroline Etuk

Member, LMDC Governing Council

Mrs. Adeyinka Aroyewun

Secretary. LMDC Governing Council

 

ADR JUDGES

Section 15 of the LMDC Law provides for the appointment of ADR Judges by the Chief Judge of Lagos State. The ADR Judges have the triune responsibility of addressing recalcitrant parties; endorsing terms of settlement; and promoting ADR within the Judiciary of Lagos State.

 

Former ADR Judges of the Lagos State Judiciary:

Justice O.A. Ipaye.

Justice R.I.B Adebiyi

Hon. Justices S.B.A. Candide-Johnson

M.O. Obadina (Mrs.)

J.E. Oyefeso (Mrs.)

A.O. Williams (Mrs.)

A.A. Oyebanji (Mrs.)

E.A. Adebajo

A.O. Dabiri

K.A. Jose (Mrs.)

L.A.F. Oluyemi (Mrs.)

 

The ADR Judges’ Forum has grown into an “ADR institution” with tremendous potential to affect the trends of ADR growth within the Judiciary and beyond. This phenomenon has created a class of “activist Judges” with a passion for breaking through the barriers of resistance to ensure that ADR is securely entrenched within the Courts. The model has been replicated in every state in which an MDC has been established.

 

Newly Appointed ADR Judges (2016)

Ikeja Division

-        Hon. Justice J.E Oyefeso

-        Hon. Justice A.A. Oyebanji

-        Hon. Justice O.A. Opesanwo

-        Hon. Justice F.J. Bankoli-Oki

Lagos Division

-        Hon. Justice G. M Onyeabo

-        Hon. Justice O.O. Pedro

-        Hon. Justice S. A. Onigbanjo

-        Hon. Justice S. O Nwaka

-        Hon. Justice O. A. Akinlade

-        Hon. Justice K.O. Dawodu

-        Hon. Justice L.A.F. Folami

-        Hon. Justice O.O. Femi Adeniyi

-        Hon. Justice A.M. Lawal

-        Hon. Justice O.A. Adamson

 

COMMITTEES OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL: 

The Governing Council of the LMDC has 3 Committees. The committees were established to provide support for the Council in promoting the growth and development of the LMDC. The Committees are as follows:

i.                 Finance & General Purposes Committee. (FGPC)

This Committee has provided the much needed interface between the LMDC and the Governing Council on day to day basis for the consideration of financial and operational requests from Management. Approvals granted by the Committee are then presented to the full session of the Council for ratification. The FGPC provides the guidance and support which the LMDC requires to align its accounting and budgetary practices with that of the Lagos State Government.

ii.                Screening Selection and Strategy Committee (SSSC)

This Committee has been responsible for the formulation and implementation of the LMDC Neutrals Programme, Fee Review, Policy Guidelines and Codes of Ethics, as well as the training & re-training needs of the members of the Panel of Neutrals. It is also responsible for oversight of the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the LMDC in line with the policy objectives of the Governing Council.

 

iii.              Lagos Settlement Week Committee (LSWC)

This Committee has been responsible for the planning and implementation of the LSW programme of the LMDC since its inception. To underscore the importance of the LSW Committee in the ADR movement, as a tradition the Committee has always been chaired by the Head Judge of the Lagos State Judiciary.

The present Committee has been constituted by the Hon. Chief Judge as follows:

 

1.      Hon. Justice K. O. Alogba : Chairman 

2.      Hon. Justice J.E. Oyefeso

3.      Hon. Justice O. O. Pedro

4.      Hon. Justice L.A.F. Oluyemi

5.      Hon. Justice F. J. Bankole-Oki

6.      Miss A.M. Alli-Balogun - Chief Magistrate, Lagos

7.      Mr. Wale Adesokan (SAN) – Representing NBA Lagos

8.      Mr. Yinka Farounbi – Representing NBA Ikeja

9.      Mr. Kassim Adebanjo – Representing NBA Ikorodu

10.   Professor Bolaji Owasanoye

11.   LMDC Management

 

Secretary – Ms. Rosemary Ubajaka, LSW Administrator 

Partnership & Collaboration

For its effective functioning within the Justice Sector the LMDC has sought to create collaboration with other organizations and stakeholders. The LMDC-NBA FORUM which was inaugurated in 2007 was established to promote ADR within the Legal Community and to generate awareness among lawyers of the workings of the LMDC.

Collaboration exists with the Citizens Mediation Centre, Ministry of Justice, Lagos State. Memoranda of Understanding reaches at the CMC are registered at the LMDC for the enforcement through the machinery of the Lagos High Court.

The LMDC is one of the founding members of the Association of Multi-Door Courthouses of Nigeria, an organization set up  to promote the Multi-Door Courthouse concept, spearhead replications and standardization of its practice in Nigeria.

The LMDC had in recent times partnered with Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria, (CIBN) for the promotion of ADR awareness within the Banking sector. The LMDC facilitated the Entrepreneurial Development Programme which involved an ADR workshop on Dispute Resolution in the Banking Sector: the Multi-Door Approach held on October 14, 2009 at the CIBN House , Victoria Island. At the Roundtable on Proposed Amendment of Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 1991 As Amended, held at the Sheraton Hotel on August 2009, the LMDC was invited by its collaborators, the CIBN to make its contributions to the review of the regulatory and operational challenges in the implementation of BOFIA.

 

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. With the collaboration of the Lagos State Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice the dream became a reality in June 11, 2002 with the establishment of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse as the first court-connected ADR Centre in Africa.

          The LMDC initiative was designed to address the causes of public dissatisfaction with the judicial system such as court congestion, delays in the dispensation of Justice and the high cost of litigation. The Multi-Door Courthouse concept was introduced to provide a solution to some of these issues by providing a supplement for the available resources of Justice through the provision of timely, cost effective and user friendly Access to Justice. The establishment of the LMDC as the first court-connected ADR Centre in Africa marked the debut of a new concept into the Justice System of the Nigerian nation.  

          The Multi-Door Courthouse concept represents a variety of Dispute Resolution options available to disputants, like a mediation door, an arbitration door, an early neutral evaluation door or other ADR hybrid processes. The consequence of this is that a claim will be properly resolved in a way and manner best suited for the particular dispute with the attendant benefits of the timeliness; cost effectiveness; restoration of relationships; confidentiality; flexibility and the other benefits that have been associated with the use of ADR.

The court-connectedness of the LMDC also makes it an integral resource of the Lagos Judiciary. The interface between the LMDC and the Lagos State Judiciary has developed in scope and intensity over the years. First, the referral of cases from the Courts for resolution by ADR was made possible by a Practice Direction. When the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse Law 2007, was promulgated Judges were required to encourage parties to use ADR and mandatorily refer disputes to ADR if one of the parties was willing to use the ADR process. In 2012 the new High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012 mainstreamed ADR into Civil Justice Administration and brought the interface full circle. This synergy of the LMDC and the Lagos Judiciary will no doubt bolster the justice system, engender citizen satisfaction and create an environment conducive for increased economic growth and the inflow of direct foreign investment into Lagos State.