Institutionalised ADR and access to justice: the changing faces of the Nigerian judicial system.
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FATUROTI, B. 2014. Institutionalised ADR and access to justice: the changing faces of the Nigerian judicial system. Journal of comparative law in Africa, 1(1).
Many legal jurisdictions have come to the realisation of how judicial bureaucracies and rigidity have left many disputants disenchanted about the entire justice system. This article examines the responses of State Governments in Nigeria to the problem of access to justice by looking at the inclusion of administration of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in Civil Procedure Rules and multi-door court system. It looks at the prevalent culture of litigation and its effects on the entire judicial process to understand the importance of amendments to civil procedure rules. Looking at Lagos, Abuja and Kano, the article identifies the gaps in previous rules of the States? High Courts in Nigeria and the adequacy of recent amendments to fill these gaps. The paper critically analyses the institutionalisation of alternative dispute resolution and draws out the implications it may have both for the bench and the bar alike.