Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has signed the Multi-door Courthouse Bill into law to promote easier access to justice in line with global trends in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Akeredolu signed the bill into law, yesterday, at the EXCO Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, urging the people to explore the alternative dispute resolution that the multi-door courthouse provides.
According to him, this will further boost the administration of justice in the state and allow litigants to settle matters without going through the conventional court process, which in most cases, creates enmity and takes longer time to resolve.
The governor said that the law would assist the legal process, which had become cumbersome in the country. He particularly charged judges and other stakeholders in charge of administration of justice to always encourage litigants to make use of out-of-court settlement and explore alternative dispute resolution for the peace and progress of the society.
He, however, congratulated the outgoing Chief Judge of the state, Justice Williams Akintoroye, on the signing of the bill into law during his time, adding that the executive arm of government has enjoyed working with both the judiciary and the legislative arms of government without rancour.