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LMDC Operation

The operations department is the engine room of the LMDC. The department is responsible for screening and filing of new cases and processes, and also case management of all cases filed or referred to LMDC for ADR. The department comprises of 6 sub-units:


THE REGISTRY UNIT

The Registry serves as the primary point of entry for case intake, with the responsibility of screening cases filed at the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) to determine their suitability for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Within this Unit, parties engaged in disputes who have independently reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) may apply to the LMDC for endorsement and enforcement. The Unit played a pivotal role in facilitating the enforcement and endorsement of MOUs, spanning various areas such as contracts, debt recovery, tenancy etc. The Unit also offer services to indigent persons in the society.

The Registry is responsible for scheduling ADR Judges' sessions for parties who were hesitant to engage in mediation.


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) UNIT

The ADR Unit of the LMDC is the main hub for the administration of all cases filed directly by parties (walk-in) or referred by the court for amicable resolution of disputes through ADR services which include Mediation, Arbitration, Early Neutral Evaluation and a number of hybrid processes.


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION(ADR) TRACK UNIT

The ADR Track was established in 2012 under the provisions of Order 3, Rule 11 of the High Court of Lagos State Civil Procedure Rules (HCLSCPR) 2012, which is now Order 5, Rule 8 of the HCLSCPR 2019. This initiative has played a pivotal role in promoting ADR mechanisms within the Lagos State Judiciary. The core purpose of the ADR Track aligns with the overriding objectives of the HCLSCPR 2019, emphasizing a fair, simplified, cost-effective, and expeditious dispensation of justice and the amicable resolution of disputes through ADR mechanisms.

One of the primary functions of the ADR Track is to screen all originating processes filed at the High Court Registry to determine their suitability for ADR. This screening process is meticulously conducted for all judicial divisions of the High Court of Lagos State, including Lagos, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Badagry, and Epe. By adopting this approach, the ADR Track ensures that the courts' dockets remain unburdened by cases that could be resolved amicably through mediation.

In addition to screening, the ADR Track takes a proactive role in the management of ADR-amenable cases. This involves ensuring compliance with the HCLSCPR 2019 and the LMDC Practice Direction on Mediation Procedure 2008. Through effective case management, the ADR Track ensures that ADR processes are followed consistently and that all parties are aware of their obligations and responsibilities in achieving a successful resolution.


THE LAGOS SETTLEMENT WEEK (LSW) UNIT

Section 40 of the LMDC Law 2015 defines the Settlement Week as “a week set aside by the Chief Judge of Lagos State for specific Courts to clear the backlog of cases through means which include return to the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse for possible resolution through Mediation, Arbitration, Neutral Evaluation or any other ADR procedure.”

The Objectives of the LSW include the following:
  1. - To impact the Justice System of Lagos State through a gradual but definitive reduction of the case load of the courts while providing satisfying, timely and cost-effective Justice to litigants.
  2. - To encourage the use of non-adversarial dispute resolution mechanisms as far as possible, especially for Commercial and General Civil matters.
  3. - To create wide spread awareness of the benefits and effectiveness of Mediation as a dispute resolution method.
  4. - To provide the platform to raise public awareness of ADR and showcase the services of the LMDC.

THE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE UNIT

The Unit was established in January 2021 in response to the implementation of the Lagos State Judiciary Restorative Justice Practice Direction 2019. The Unit is responsible for managing restorative justice cases referred from the Ministry of Justice Restorative Justice Centre. Some of the cases facilitated spanned false imprisonment, obtaining by false pretense and stealing.