Ghana Chamber of Commerce members receive ADR education

Mr Martin Nwosu, a Private Legal Practitioner, on Monday called on business  institutions particularly the Ghana Chamber of Commerce  and Industry( GCCI) to patronize  the  Alternative  Disputes   Resolution  (ADR) system to ensure effective  and efficient  conflict  resolution  in  their companies.

He said ADR was a more flexible and cost effective mechanism in the resolution of conflicts and disputes in the contemporary business world.

Mr Nwosu who is also a an ADR expert, made the call at the opening of a five- day skills-based training workshop  on Alternative Dispute Resolution  for more than 25 selected staff  of  the Sekondi-Takoradi branch of the Chamber of Commerce and  Industry at Ampenyi near Elmina.

The Workshop which was jointly organized by the Judicial Training Institute (JTI), Judicial Service of Ghana and the  Sekondi-Takoradi branch of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCI) is intended to provide  skills and knowledge to fully equip the participants on ADR and particularly mediation to facilitate  disputes resolution among internal and external clients in GCCI.

It would also enable the participants  to understand the role of the players in the mediation process   as well as provide  them  with sufficient knowledge  to appreciate the need to  promote ADR concepts as an effective  and efficient mechanism of dispute resolution in contemporary client service and  the business world.

Mr Nwosu  pointed out that  ADR apart from its  flexibility   also promoted  rule of law and good governance, reduced  time and cost  of resolving disputes ,  instilled confidence  in the judicial service delivery in the country,  as well as help reduce   the backlog of cases pending in the law courts.

Mr Nwosu told the participants that being in the business world they perfectly understand the importance of time and values and that it was imperative for them to patronize ADR instead of the law courts which were characterized by interminable delays.

He said ADR encouraged some kind of division of labour in the delivery of justice,  stressing that in the  USA, 95 per cent of  cases were resolved  out of the law  court and that in Ghana  ADR was performing creditably, with a  success rate of about  85 per cent .

He said ADR also provided  a healthier  method  for resolving  disputes,  especially in cases like  family disputes, landlord-tenant, business partners, labour disputes, and land boundary issues, adding that it was easier for people to comply with  ADR outcomes.

He however pointed out that cases like constitutional issues, public policy  and interest, Human Rights, criminal offences except minor or non-aggravated offences were inappropriate for ADR.

Mr Michael Owusu,  a legal practitioner and  ADR  expert who gave an overview of  conflict s mentioned  Data disputes, values conflicts, behavioral conflicts, structural conflicts ,relationships disputes  as  some  of the varieties of conflicts,  and stressed the need for the participants  to always  endeavour to  understand  conflicts  before the appropriate mechanisms  were put in place to resolve them.

The ADR  became part of the nation’s  judicial system in 2005. It is a concept basically aimed  at ensuring that  access to justice in Ghana is made easier, cheaper non-adversarial, expeditious  and flexible to all, particularly  the poor and vulnerable.

The  participants would treat topics including  “Understanding positions and interests in Negotiation”, “Effective communication in mediation”, “Professional ethics and codes of conduct in mediation”, “Victim Offender Mediation”, and “Administration of court connected mediation process”.

Source: GNA

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