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FAQ in English

A matter may be initiated at the LMDC through Walk-Ins, Court referrals and Direct Interventions.

In a Walk-In matter, any party to a dispute may initiate Mediation, Arbitration, Early Neutral Evaluation or any other ADR service by writing to the Director of the LMDC or visiting the Centre. In Court Referred matters, the presiding Judge in a matter already in litigation or in the course of a pre-trial conference may in appropriate circumstances refer parties to the Centre. For direct interventions, the LMDC, in circumstances where the public interest or the interest of the disputing parties so demand, approaches the parties with a view to assisting in the resolution of their dispute.

To file an Arbitration, the Applicant is required to send his Statement of Claim, Acknowledged copy of the Claimant's Notice of Arbitration, Agreement of parties containing the Arbitration Clause and any other supporting documents to our email address, registry.lmdc@gmail.com or physically to our Ikeja or Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) office for screening. Where it is found suitable, the initiating party will be advised on the payment of Administrative fees and the procedure for initiating Arbitration at the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC).
The answer is YES. In view of the 2020 pandemic, the LMDC deployed Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) that allows a party, counsel, an organization file a case at the LMDC no matter where they are. A request to file a matter can be sent to the registry email address (registry.lmdc@gmail.com). The LMDC ODR referral guidelines on initiating a Walk-In matter will be sent to the Applicant to fill out an online form using this link https://forms.gle/LsuwPN1hYRbea9AW8

The mediation session(s) hold online via the Zoom platform and communication with the organization can be done via Email or WhatsApp. For further information, kindly visit our website; www.lagosmultidoor.org.ng

The terms of the settlement are sent via email for the party to sign electronically and forward the terms of the signed settlement to the LMDC. However, where all the parties are not in the country, parties can sign electronically using the DocuSign application (or any other application suitable to both parties) or print and sign manually and thereafter scan the document back to the LMDC.
Administrative fees: Non-refundable fees to cover logistics and administrative services Session fees: Fees are dependent on both the value of the dispute and the dispute resolution process (Mediation, Arbitration or Early Neutral Evaluation). The specific details of these fees are contained in the LMDC Fee schedule.

Cancellation/Default fee: Fees payable where an already scheduled session is cancelled by any of the parties without due notice or for failure or neglect to attend sessions.

In line with its policy of providing Access to Justice for all, the LMDC provides pro-bono services and may, in deserving cases, review the fees payable if the criteria stipulated by the Fee Review and Pro Bono Committee are met by the applying party. In addition, the Lagos Settlement Week Programme of the LMDC provides free mediation services.
No, Administrative fees are not subject to review
Whether it be commercial, banking and insurance related disputes; landlord and tenant matters; property disputes; debt recoveries; libel and slander; administration of estate; employment and trade disputes; construction disputes; accident and tort; medical negligence; contracts enforcement; family disputes; succession disputes; Maritime, Energy, Family, Business disputes and small claims, the LMDC provides clients and their attorneys with effective alternatives for resolving disputes.
A Notice of Referral (NOR) is sent to the Respondent informing the Respondent to submit within 7 working days of receipt of the notice. Where the Respondent fails to submit, the LMDC sends a reminder to the Respondent to submit within the next seven (7) working days from receipt of the reminder. In the event of non-submission, parties are scheduled before an ADR Judge for the Respondent to give reasons for refusing to submit.
In giving effect to its overriding objectives, the LMDC law 2015, Section 4(1-3) states that the LMDC shall cause settlement or memorandum, duly signed by disputing parties endorsed by either an ADR Judge or any other person as may be directed by the Chief Judge to become binding and enforceable by the High Court Sheriff under the Sheriffs and Civil Procedure Act. It further provides that parties to such agreements shall be required to appear before an ADR Judge prior to his endorsement of the agreement or memorandum and that appearance shall be within the court premises of the LMDC, open Court or Chambers of the ADR Judge.
Yes, indeed, another interesting extension of the enforcement provisions of the LMDC Law is section 4 (1) (b) which allows Terms of Settlement and Memoranda of Understanding reached by other ADR organizations to be filed at the LMDC and endorsed by the ADR Judge to become a judgment of the High Court of Lagos State.
A written application is made to the Director of the LMDC and the Applicant is given a Billing Advice for the CTC. Once payment is confirmed, the document is certified by the LMDC.
The LMDC has offices in the High Courts of Lagos State particularly within the Lagos High Court, Ikeja Judicial Division, Oba Akinjobi Way, G.R.A, Ikeja and at the High Court of Lagos, Lagos Judicial Division at TBS in Lagos Island.
Parties can participate in mediation with or without a lawyer as mediation is a party participatory process.
The LMDC as an Alternative Dispute Resolution institution offers other means of resolving disputes amicably such as Arbitration, Conciliation, Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb, Arb-Med, Restorative Justice etc.
Parties in a matter are required to pay irrespective of who filed/brought the matter to the LMDC because of the attendant costs associated with administering each case. Article 19 of the LMDC Practice Direction on Mediation Procedure requires payment by both parties.
Witness(es) will only be allowed to participate in mediation if they will assist in facilitating the amicable resolution of the dispute. Also, if the other party does not object to the participation of such witness(es) and the witness(es) is prepared to be bound by the rules and guidelines of mediation, they will be allowed to participate.
For Walk-In matters, the party shall be invited to appear before an ADR Judge to state his reason(s) for refusing to participate in the mediation session while for Court-referred matters, a status report will be sent to the referral judge informing the court of the party’s refusal to attend mediation.
The timing varies, as some matters might get concluded in just one mediation session while others may require adjournments which may last for some weeks or a few months. However, at the LMDC, there are timelines allotted to all matters; 180 days for walk-in matters and 90 days for court-referred matters.
The amicable resolution of a dispute is greatly dependent on the willingness of the parties and counsel. In addition, expert case management by the LMDC and the expertise of the mediator who is a neutral party also helps to facilitate amicable settlement of dispute.
- ADR proceedings are highly confidential
- ADR proceedings are cost effective
- The Terms of Settlement signed after conclusion of mediation become a consent judgement
- In arbitration, the award of an arbitrator is final and legally binding on all parties.
Unlike litigation which is conducted in public, ADR proceedings are highly confidential in nature and all participants in mediation are required to sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the details of such proceedings except in certain circumstances.
Parties agree to terms during the Mediation Session which are written as “Terms of Settlement” and signed by the parties. This Terms of Settlement becomes a consent judgment of the Court after the endorsement process is completed. Where the matter was referred to Mediation by the Court, the Terms of Settlement becomes a judgement of the Court.
Where an agreement is not reached by parties during Walk-in Mediation, parties will receive a closure report and have the discretion to pursue their claims via other avenues. For Court referred mediation, a status report will be sent to the Court and the case will continue in Court.
Arbitration is a procedure in ADR in which parties to a dispute agree to submit their dispute to one or more Arbitrator(s) (also called Neutrals) who will make a binding decision called (an Award) on the dispute.
- Disputes relating to rights and liabilities which arise out of criminal offences
- Matrimonial disputes relating to divorce, judicial separation, restitution of conjugal rights and child custody
- Insolvency and winding up matters
- Guardianship matters
- Administration of Estate matters
Yes. Parties in a dispute can either agree to choose a Sole Arbitrator or a Panel of Arbitrators depending on their arbitral clause or submission agreement.
All participants are required to enable the Video settings of the ODR Platform upon signing in to the mediation session.
The parties and Mediator must ensure that only the confirmed participants are present at the session.
Upon conclusion on the agreed Terms of Settlement by the Parties and the Mediator, the Terms of Settlement is forwarded to the Case Manager/Head of Unit for confirmation that it is in accordance with the LMDC’s Format.
Where a company is a party in a dispute, a representative of the company requires a letter of authorisation duly signed by the officers of the company. This is to enable such representatives participate and take binding decisions on behalf of the company. Additionally, if there is a need to change the representative, the company should forward the new representative’s details to the case manager.

It is strongly advised that a company is represented by a senior officer who has the authority to take binding decisions on behalf of the Company, preferably a member of the Board of Directors.

ADR Track is a unit of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse attached to the Registry of the High Court. The unit conducts intake screening of all civil cases filed in the High Court towards determining their suitability for ADR.

This innovative achievement was made possible when ADR was mainstreamed into the Civil Justice Administration by virtue of Order 3 R 11 of the HCLSCPR 2012 (now Order 5 R 8 of the HCLSPR 2019) which states that:

“All originating processes shall upon acceptance for filing by the Registry be screened for suitability for ADR and referred to the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse or other appropriate ADR Institutions or Practitioners in accordance with the Practice Direction that shall from time to time be issued by the Chief Judge of Lagos State.”

The primary objective of the ADR Track is to decongest the Courts by offering early intervention and impartial settlement assistance to both disputants and their Counsel through cost effective, timely and user-friendly ADR channels.

No, matters screened into the ADR Track do not have a longer life span than other non-amenable cases. The ADR Track apart from giving the parties the opportunity to resolve their case amicably also serves as a faster approach to justice. Below is the step-by-step process flow of cases screened into the ADR Track:

- Once a case is found suitable for ADR, the case is assigned to an ADR Judge by the Honourable Admin Judge.
- Where the Defendant files a Statement of Defense, the case is scheduled for mediation
- In the event the parties decide to settle their case amicably, Terms of Settlement (TOS) is prepared and executed by parties and the TOS is subsequently adopted as Consent Judgement by the ADR Judge
- Where parties fail to settle, the LMDC forwards a status report to the ADR Judge. Based on this report, a closure report will be prepared by the ADR Judge and the case file shall be sent to the Admin Judge for re-assignment to a Trial Judge. See Order 28 R 5 of the HCLSCPR 2019

All participants are required to be dressed formally, in business casual or native attire. Lawyers do not have to appear in their wigs and gowns at mediation proceedings.
No, the mediation process is confidential. At the beginning of the mediation process, all the parties and their counsel are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
No. the Mediation process is confidential and without prejudice, this means that the mediator cannot be called upon to give evidence of the mediation proceedings in court; whatever is said or done at a mediation, it cannot be used or referred to in any future court proceedings.
In the event that a partial settlement is reached, the parties can either choose to execute Terms of Settlement on the issues resolved and then proceed to Court for the determination of other issues in dispute. Alternatively, parties may decide that all issues should be determined by the Court.
• LMDC offers the following trainings:
a. Mediation Advocacy Training (MAT).
b. Mediation Skills Training (MST)
c. Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)
d. Restorative Justice Training (RJ)
e. Case Management Training
f. Conflict Management Training for Organisations
g. Other bespoke ADR Trainings
Our trainings hold twice or three times every year.
Any aspiring participant for our training must have a Higher National Diploma/University degree.
Yes, we offer mentorship to newly certified mediators who wish to further improve their mediation skills and competencies.
Proceed to any commercial bank and make appropriate payments using the Lagos State Government designated bank teller and fill in the appropriate codes in their respective boxes on the teller. Kindly note that the LMDC does not receive Cash Payments or transfers.
The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse Payer ID is C-541501 and its Tax Station Ministry Code is 7530000. Other revenue heads and codes are as follows;
• MOU Enforcement 4020215
• ADR Trainings 4020213
• Arbitration fees 4020211
• Mediation fees 4020078
• Administration charges 4020078
• Rental of ADR Facility 4020214
After payment has been successfully made at the bank, kindly obtain both the customer's copy of the teller and Lagos State receipt, then proceed to the LMDC Accounts department to obtain your Lagos State Treasury Receipt in exchange for your evidence of payment from the bank. Afterwards, proceed to the registry unit for further filing of processes.