Eti-Osa Lawyers’ Forum (ELF) has recorded another milestone with its forthcoming collaboration with the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) to host this year’s “Lagos Settlement Week (LSW).”

The LMDC is noted for its work in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) sector. “The LSW provides enhanced, timely, cost-effective, and user-friendly access to justice,” says LMDC.

According to Mr. Adewale Sanni, the Chairman of Eti-Osa Lawyers’ Forum, “This is the first time that the annual settlement week is extended to Eti-Osa environs where the Christopher Olatunde Segun Courthouse will be used.”

He added that “We are doing this to help decongest our courts of matters so that we can ease the burdens on our judges in order for them to focus on more contentious matters.”

Sanni, a longstanding mediator at the LMDC, said: “On behalf of the executive committee, I enjoin all members of the Eti-Osa Lawyers’ Forum and the entire residents of the community to support and take advantage of the Lagos Settlement Week undertaken by the LMDC commencing on the 17th of July, 2023.

“This affords a golden opportunity for lawyers and litigants to access quicker and cheaper dispensation of justice at our doorstep in Eti-Osa. The management of the LMDC has sought our cooperation towards the success of the programme and I have therefore given my full support on behalf of the Forum. I enjoin members to take advantage of the very simple or non-complicated procedures to bring both new and ongoing matters for settlement during the duration of the programme.

“We are encouraged by the fact that many of our members are themselves certified mediators and will be participating as mediators on the panel of the LMDC during the period. All amenable civil matters, criminal matters of simple offenses, pro bono matters as well as commercial matters can be presented before the panel. It is no longer fashionable to think that only lawyers with weak cases should go to mediation.

“It is important to note that this will not in any way affect the professional fees due to lawyers who wish to go through the LMDC to seek adequate and efficient dispensation of justice for their clients.”

The Lagos Settlement Week kicks off tomorrow at different locations in Lagos State. Litigants can file a case that is not yet in court at the LSW Programme.

To file a case, visit the LMDC Lagos Office at 27, King George Road, Opposite Ghana high restaurant, Lagos Island or LMDC Ikeja Office at the Ikeja High Court. For enquiries, call 09090427949, 07069929154.

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