Chief Judicial declares one-week for ADR nationwide

Accra- Justice Ms Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo, the Chief Justice, has declared that Monday, November 19, to Friday, 23, should be observed as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Week for this year.

ADR has been adopted by the Judicial Service of Ghana as part of its adjudicating process dubbed, Court-connected ADR.

This was announced in press statement by Mr Alex Nartey, the National ADR Coordinator, and copied to the Ghana News Agency.

The aim of this programme is to ensure that access to justice in Ghana is made easier, cheaper, non-adversarial, expeditious and flexible to all, particularly, the poor and vulnerable, it explained.

The target of the exercise is to reduce the backlog of cases at the 107 courts by 20 per cent, the statement said, and called for the public’s support.

In all, 28 circuit courts and 79 district courts shall participate by devoting the period for the settlement of court cases with ADR across the country.

In pursuant to that, the Chief Justice in a policy directive on the Court-Connected ADR Programme, instituted an ADR week, in every legal year term, which is to give parties the opportunity to settle their cases through mediation.

It said it was also to run programmes and activities to create awareness on the availability of ADR as a complement to the adjudication process in the court.

The theme for this year’s week celebration is: Application of ADR by the courts: A shared responsibility for quality justice.

The release said the week’s opening would be marked by a press conference, at the Takoradi Harbour District Court, in the Western Region, at 09hours.

Justice Irene Charity Larbi, a Justice of Appeal Court and Justice-in-Charge of ADR, would address the ceremony , and she would be supported by Mr Nartey.

Source: Ghana News Agency