LIBERIA: Justice Ministry Begins Nation -Wide Consultation On ADR Program

In an effort to improve Access to Justice in Liberia, the Ministry of Justice with support from the United Nations  Development Program(UNDP)and the  Carter Center on Thursday ended a two day Regional National Stakeholders Consultation on the Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR) in Liberia.

The forum which was held at the Administrative Building   Tubmanburg City ,Bomi County Brought together stakeholders from western Liberia including Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and  Gbarpulu  Counties.

Speaking at the opening of the forum, Assistant Justice Minister for Coalification Abraham Mitchell said the vision of the ADR is to lead dispute resolution in Liberia through ADR and to legislate, legitimize and nationally integrate ADR as a co-equal component.

He said it will also encourage an ADR inter-agency steering committee, under the Ministry of Justice that will encompasses all relevant ADR actors, including both state and non-state actors, to serve as the ADR national coordination hub in Liberia.

According to him in crafting the document they consulted several legal instruments including the 1986 Constitution and its Legal imperatives, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the Pro-Poor Agenda, and The National Security Strategy (NSSRL-2008) Title 7: Chapter 7 of the Liberian Code of Laws, Revised Commercial Code –Commercial Arbitration, October 7, 2010.

Asst. Min. Mitchell also said the Land Commission Act (LC) and 1.7The Act Establishing the Land Rights Law, 2018, the Local Government Act of September 19, 2018. The INHRC, Children’s Law, and the Civil Procedural Law.

According to him, one of the root causes for the Liberian Civil War was the problem of Access to justice for the poor, disadvantaged, and vulnerable sections of the population indicating that at the end of the Liberian Civil War and the challenge to improve Affordable access to justice in post-conflict Liberia for all; the formal justice system (court room litigation) and challenges.

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