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