The Judicial Service is planning to introduce Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in three more courts in the Ashanti Region.
They are the Juaso Circuit Court, Agona District Court and Manso-Nkwanta District Court, bringing the total number of courts in the region practising ADR to 18.
Courts in the region, already practising ADR are Akomadan District Court, Offinso Circuit Court, Nkawie Circuit Court, Tepa Circuit Court, Mamponteng District Court and Mampong District Court.
The rest are Juaben Circuit Court, Ejisu District Court, Kuntanase District Court, Obuasi Circuit Court, Obuasi District Court, Bekwai District Court, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Circuit Court, Kumasi District Court and Asokwa District Court.
Mrs. Rita Oppong-Twumasi, Ashanti Regional Coordinator of the ADR, disclosed these to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), after an interview to recruit mediators to man the ADR at Juaso.
She said the programme, which started in 2010, had proven to be a reliable partner to the traditional justice delivery system and must be embraced by all.
Mrs. Oppong-Twumasi urged people whose cases were pending before the courts, to apply for the use of ADR for amicable settlement.
The ADR programme, being funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), is a system where cases are resolved through court-connected mediation.
Under the system, judges refer cases to ADR with the consent of the parties involved for amicable resolution.
Mediators after resolving the matter, submit settlement agreement signed by both parties to the judge. - GNARead Full Story