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The Judicial Service has lauded the increasing public confidence in Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) system, and encouraged more Ghanaians to adopt ADR processes for the settlement of disputes.

Justice Irene Charity Larbi, a Justice of the Court of Appeal, who made this known at the 24th graduation ceremony of the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute at Tema on Saturday, attributed the increasing public confidence to the enormous benefits ADR continues to offer.

“As more and more people and organisations apply the tools of ADR, we are seeing confidence flow to the process,” she said, adding that its self-evident advantages easily commend themselves to users.”

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In that vein, she urged ADR practitioners to be professional and offer quality services that deliver the best outcomes for all parties that participate in ADR processes.

“This confidence must be complemented by the availability of personnel and facilities that make its use possible and convenient,” she explained.

Justice Larbi, who is the Judge-In-charge of the Court-Connected ADR Programme of the Judicial Service, and the guest speaker representing the Chief Justice at the graduation ceremony, therefore commended the Gamey and Gamey ADR Institute for its contribution in building a quality human resource base for the ADR industry in Ghana and Africa in general.

She was confident that the provision of quality training by the Institute, which has trained over 570 practitioners since 2003, would continue to support efforts to provide the requisite human resource expertise to offer professional ADR services to the public.

She encouraged the public to increasingly adopt ADR for the amicable resolution of disputes due to the benefits that ADR offer.

Justice Larbi also congratulated the graduating students for the achievement, and reminded them to act professionally and provide quality services that would continue to enhance public confidence in the ADR system.

According to Justice Larbi, the Justice Service “considers ADR as absolutely critical to the future of justice delivery in the country,” and therefore, would continue to initiate and support interventions towards the growth of the ADR industry in Ghana.

A total of 29 students including lawyers, human resource managers, bankers, medical practitioners, security officers, traditional leaders, union leaders, industrial relations officers, school administrators, pastors, university lecturers, media practitioners and business executives, graduated at the ceremony with Professional Executive Master of ADR certificates.

The ceremony was held under the theme, “ADR: The Key to Sustainable National Peace, Wealth Creation and Enhanced Productivity.”

By Edmund Mingle/ www.adrdaily.com