Justice Irene Larbi (second right) launching the 2019 ADR Week
Justice Irene Larbi (second right) launching the 2019 ADR Week
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Ghana’s Court-Connected ADR programme, which aims at resolving disputes without court litigation, achieved a 50 per cent case settlement rate in 2018, recording a five per cent increase over the previous year’s rate.

Out of the 4,112 cases that were referred by the courts to be resolved through Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR), particularly mediation, 2,075 of the cases were successfully settled.

It means those cases were resolved in a speedy, less expensive, confidential and amicable manner without having to drag through the traditional adversarial court litigation process.

It is an improvement over the 2017 records of 3,486 cases out of which 1,571 case were resolved, representing 45 per cent settlement rate.

 

Since its inception, the settlement rate of the court-connected programme has averaged 48 per cent since 2007.

 

The increase in the settlement rate comes after renewed efforts by the Judicial Service to enhance the programme through various interventions.

Justice Irene Charity Larbi, the Judge-In-Charge of the ADR Programme, launching this year’s ADR Week at Koforidua in the Eastern region on Monday expressed optimism for improved outcomes.

Court users and stakeholders

She described the 2018 outcome as encouraging, saying the ADR concept is complementing the traditional court system, and helping to reduce the case load on the courts.

The programme, she said, has been extended to 107 lower courts with five mediators assigned to each of the courts.

The Judicial Service’s 2019 ADR Week, which is being marked with awareness creation activities, has the theme, “Application of ADR by the courts, a shared responsibility for quality justice.”

As part of the interventions to enhance the programme, Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, last year, announced plans to enhance the remuneration for the court connected mediators, as well as provide logistic and infrastructure for mediation services.

She also indicated plans to extend the ADR programme to more courts, as well as revise to rules of court procedure to make ADR a mandatory precursor for all civil cases filed at the courts.

By Edmund Mingle & Nana Appiah/ adrdaily.com

 

Ghana Court-Connected ADR Programme

BREAK DOWN OF ANNUAL PERFORMANCE (2007-2018)

YEAR MONTH CASES MEDIATED CASES SETTLED PERCENTAGE
2007 JAN-DEC 853 466 53%
2008 JAN-DEC 1,723 807 47%
2009 JAN-DEC 5,358 3,871 72%
2010 JAN-DEC 3,754 1,633 43%
2011 JAN-DEC 4,392 2,025 46%
2012 JAN-DEC 5,924 2,722 46%
2013

2014

2015

JAN-DEC

JAN-DEC

JAN-DEC

6,668

4,416

1464

2,806

1,999

635

42%

45%

43%

2016 JAN-DEC 1373 605 44%
2017

 

2018

JAN-DEC

 

JAN-DEC

3,486

 

4,112

1,571

 

2,075

45%

 

50 %

TOTAL 43,523 21,215 48%

 

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