Crime

Ashaiman ADR centre settles 1,068 cases

The Central Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centre at Ashaiman in the Ashaiman Municipality of the Greater Accra Region, has settled at least 1,068 cases brought before it.

The cases, which include child maintenance, minor assault, tenancy dispute, debt recovery, denial of pregnancy and child neglect, were received from people from the municipality and Ada, Ningo Prampram, Afienya and Gbetsile.

The Head of the Central ADR Centre, Mr Kingsley Kutiame, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Ashaiman, said the complainants could not afford to go to court to seek redress, and considered the ADR as the alternative avenue to get justice.

He urged people with case but without money to patronise the ADR centres, saying they do not charge fees.

Mr Kutiame said the ADR was helping people to access justice and build  confidence in the justice delivery system in Ghana.

He observed that ADR “brings peace when such cases are handled and the parties go home happy with the outcome, since both parties contributed to the process of resolving the problem”.

Mr Kutiame called for the establishment of more ADR centres in  the country to reduce the number of cases in court to enhance justice delivery.

He said the ADR employs  win-win strategy to ensure that disputed parties go home satisfied with the outcome of mediation because they were involved in the solution finding process.

Mr Kutiame  said the ADR helped people in communities to live in harmony and prevented disputes that could have escalated into serious conflicts.

Alternative conflict resolution is a mechanism that allows disputes to be settled through mediation  in which the mediator is a neutral party, and the parties to the conflict are involved in finding solutions to the dispute, thereby making the outcome more reconciliatory instead of mandatory. -GNA

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