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Important
Points To Note About The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (Lmdc) Especially For
Lawyers And Mediation Advocates (Ii)

ENFORCEMENT
OF SETTLEMENTS
·       
Section
16 of the LAGOS MULTI-DOOR COURTHOUSE (LMDC) 2007,
settlement
agreements reached at the LMDC and duly signed by the parties are enforceable
as contracts between the parties and when such agreements are further endorsed
by an ADR Judge, they become enforceable as judgments of the High Court of
Lagos State.

·       
Section
15(5) of the LAGOS MULTI-DOOR COURTHOUSE (LMDC) 2007
also
provides that, any Settlement Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding duly
signed by disputing parties shall upon being filed at the LMDC, be presented to
an ADR judge or any other person as directed by the Chief Judge, for enforcement
as the consent judgment of the High Court of Justice, Lagos State.
·       
Another interesting extension of the
enforcement provisions of the LAGOS
MULTI-DOOR COURTHOUSE (LMDC) 2007
Law is Section 4(1) b which allows Terms of Settlement and Memorandum of
Understanding reached by other ADR Organizations be filed at the LMDC and endorsed by the ADR Judge to
become the consent judgment of the High Court Of Lagos State.
·       
Such referrals to mediation under the
provision of the Law shall not require the consent of the parties to the
proceedings and after the Mediation session, the Mediator shall submit the
Mediation agreement to the High Court or Magistrate Court for endorsement and
enforcement within 3(three) days after execution by the parties.
Footnotes:* Standing
Conference of Mediation Advocates (SCMA) *The Lagos Multi- Door Courthouse Law
(LMDC) 2007* The LMDC Practice Direction on Mediation Procedure* The Multi Door
Courthouse Code of Ethics for Mediators* Guidelines For Enforcement Procedure
*Guidelines for Court referrals to Alternative Dispute Resolution *Principles
of Alternative Dispute Resolution by Stephen J.Ware *Effective Mediation
Advocacy by Andrew Goodman.*The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse Neutrals’ Handbook.
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