Kaduna: Residents Advised To Settle Civil Matters Using Alternative Dispute Resolution
Residents of Kaduna have been advised not to be in a hurry to take any civil matter to court or Police but try to resolve it among them using an alternative dispute resolution.
Director-General Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, Joy Bob-Manuel, gave the advice during a press briefing on the activities to wind down the program, known as ‘access to justice for the poor’ project inaugurated in 2012 in Kaduna.
She explained that, the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria has established 19 offices in the three senatorial zones of the state to mediate on behalf of the poor and vulnerable people, and has treated over one thousand eight hundred and eight-five (1,885) cases in its ‘Access to Justice for the Poor’ Project between 2012 and 2015 in the state.
The DG also called on them to always take advantage of the free legal services offered by the Council to settle minor cases; cautioning that, the council only entertain civil matters such as land disputes, matrimonial, financial, and inheritance, among many, and not criminal matters.
She further assured that activities of the Council are never a threat to the natural responsibility of religious and traditional rulers whose main vocation is settling people.