A new type of justice for Nigeria

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Femke van Zeiljl, reporting for the Qatari funded news agency Al Jazeera reports on a model of mediation currently being tested in Nigeria, aimed at reducing pressure on the Nigerian court system and allowing opponents to find a satisfactory and less costly resolution.

The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC), an organisation specialising in mediation is, according to van Zeiljl, growing increasingly popular as an alternative way to resolve disputes in Nigeria’s biggest city.

The article offers fascinating reading and presents a system that many countries, including Ireland, might find merit in duplicating.

The oft recited Shakespearian quote from Henry VI, Part II, Act IV: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” might find in Nigeria’s Multi-Door Courthouse a more proactive and non-violent remedy to reduce our dependency on lawyers.

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