10 July 2014

Liberia: Official Lauds World Bank Support to ADR

An official of the Ministry of Justice has lauded the World Bank for its support to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) pilot program.

ADR Coordinator Atty. Kpadeson Sumo said the World Bank has provided more than half a million United States dollars in support of the program.

According to the Liberia News Agency(LINA), Atty. Sumo spoke Tuesday to reporters in Monrovia to highlight the importance of the ADR in the Liberian judicial system.

He further disclosed that the pilot program is meant to institutionalize, formalize and mainstream ADR in the country's justice system.

The Justice Ministry official further stressed that several stakeholders meetings and forums have been held on the ADR in Montserrado, Nimba, Bong and Lofa counties in order to set up pilot sites.

Sumo explained that the ministry's findings from research have pointed to a number of conflicts in Liberia, including family disputes, concessions and community dwellers, land conflicts and juveniles, among others.

He noted that mainstreaming ADR in the Liberian justice system would enable ordinary citizens to access justice without necessarily going to court.

Atty. Sumo said, despite the many strides and ongoing reforms made by the Government of Liberia, access to justice remains a challenge for ordinary Liberians.

He pointed out that a desk review and study conducted by the MOJ/ADR international partners clearly shows that ADR is one of the available ways by which one could have access to justice in Liberia and help resolve conflicts in a speedy manner.

"The Alternative Disputes Resolution is a sure way to enhance access to justice in Liberian," he noted.

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