Philips said this in Ikeja at a press conference to mark the commencement of the new High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012, which became operational last December 31.
She said the new rules involving the mandatory use of the Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism would ensure speedy administration of justice in the state.
Philips said, “Since January 1, 80 cases have been screened into the Alternate Dispute Resolution Track representing approximately 75 per cent of the matters filed at the Lagos High Court from January 2013.
“It is my expectation that about 80 per cent of these matters would be disposed of within 90 days.”
Before the new rules became operational, it was optional for litigants to approach the ADR Track for settlement. However, the new rules empower the court’s registry to screen every civil suit for suitability for ADR.
Those found suitable for ADR are then referred to the Multi-Door Court Houses or other appropriate ADR institutions instead of regular courts.
Philips said among the overriding objectives of the new rules were promoting “just determination of every civil proceedings” and “amicable resolution of disputes by use of ADR mechanism”.
Other judges, who responded to questions during the event, assured that there had been a series of trainings for mediators and 10 ADR judges appointed from among the judges in the judiciary, to ensure that they system was effective.
The CJ said the ADR judges would among other roles deal with recalcitrant parties, adopt terms of settlement as consent judgments, enforce judgments, and facilitate the speedy referral of matters to ADR.