A Circuit Court judge, Aboagye Tandoh, has urged Ghanaians to use the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in mediation to complement the traditional court system, to make access to justice cheaper and expeditious.
This, he said, would help reduce the backlog of cases in the courts, which were substantially due to numerous litigants trying to access the court for justice.
Justice Tandoh made the call at the launch of the ADR week, held on Monday at the Accra Central Magistrate’s Court.
Speaking on the theme: “The importance of ADR in present dispensation,” Justice Tandoh said between January and June, this year, a total of 2,253 cases were mediated out of which 1,047 cases were settled.
He said that this was a clear indication that the ADR was a reliable mechanism for the traditional justice delivery, and must be embraced and nurtured for an efficient justice system.
The judge said the ADR had been extended to 67 district and circuit courts across the nation with at least three mediators assigned to each, resulting in the training of 215 mediators for the programme.
He said…. with the realisation that land-related cases had become dominant in the courts, the judicial service in collaboration with the land administration project had trained 30 surveyors, to be used as mediators on pilot basis to reduce the backlog of the land cases.
The President of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) Alex Nartey, charged the media to sensitise the citizenry to the importance of the ADR.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme