The New Times (Kigali)

Rwanda: Arbitration Critical in Dispensing Justice

Jurists have come out to encourage the settlement of certain disputes out of court by use of arbitration. This form of justice system, which is known to be a cheaper and faster alternative to costly lawsuits, is a trend all over the world.

Hence, it is high time Rwandans acknowledged it as a possible solution to instances of delayed justice.

The courts are trying their best to clear the backlog with the help of some local Non Governmental Organsaitions like Rwanda Initiative for Sustainable Development (RISD), which designed a project to help district courts clear land-related lawsuits.

However, they have over the years been weighed down by thousands of pending cases. Some of these are serious but some could easily be handled and cleared using arbitrators.

Other than that, as some cases may be tried hastily to "clear the list", it is possible that many individuals are denied justice due to the nagging issue of backlog cases.

Arbitration, if practised within the context of the law, with a recognised regulatory organ and professionals, it will ultimately be able to solve many issues, especially those that are commercial in nature that should not find their way into the court room.

The general populace should also be educated about this development while employees must know that it is better to sign a contract with an arbitration clause.

Moreover, shrewd investors prefer to have a faster and more efficient system. That is why an economy with a fully fledged arbitration system is attractive to investors.

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