Forty-five judges from the Court of Appeal and the High Court participated in the training programme in Accra.

Mrs-Justice-Georgina-Theodora-Wood-CJThe training was organised by the International Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (ICAM) in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, Chief Justice, said the alternatives to litigation in the dispute settlement machinery such as Arbitration was a cost effective way of dispute settlement, which did not only affect the disputants but the wider society.

She said the value of alternative dispute resolution arrangement like Arbitration was so enormous that as part of reforms that had been running since 2001, the Judiciary had incorporated court connected Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) into its regular schedule of work.

She said in commercial justice delivery, the rules of court had made it mandatory for litigants in the commercial court to explore ADR before the court would subject the disputes to the full rank of litigation, that was, if the parties were unable to reach a settlement.

“ADR is here to stay and our focus is to increase the skills of judges in every form of process that may be deployed during an ADR section,” she said.

She expressed gratitude to the ICAM, the Chattered Institute of Arbitrators and the Nigerian Institute of Arbitrators for the training and encouraged the judges to implement what they had learnt.

Mr Bayo Ojo, the Former Attorney General of Nigeria during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Administration, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the training was to assess Ghanaian judges on the process of Arbitration.

Mr Ojo, who led the team to Ghana, said Arbitration was an efficient and cost effective method of resolving dispute outside the court although it still needed the court to support that process for it to be successful.

He said the essence was to let the judges know what their role would be in supporting the arbitral process.

Mr Ojo said with the training, judges were better placed and positioned to appreciate the process and what their role should be.

Source: GNA

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