By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Panel of Neutrals of the Ogun State Multi-Door Courthouse (OMDC) has been charged to be versatile and impartial in dispute resolution of civil cases among the citizens of the State.
Chief Justice of Ogun State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, gave the charge at a 2-day practical mediation skills training programme organised by the Ogun State Judiciary for panel of Neutrals of the Ogun Multi-Door Courthouse (OMDC), held at the High Court Complex, Isabo, Abeokuta.
Olopade noted that as Neutrals and stakeholders in justice administration, they were bound to come across diverse issues from disputing parties in the discharge of their duties, saying that there would be need for constant reading, training and re-training so as to be abreast of new trends of resolving cases conscientiously.
“I want us to know that as part of our assignment as Neutrals, we cannot stop learning as we learn everyday due to the nature of our job; I believe this training will take us further in the administration of justice in Ogun State and enlighten us on what is expected of us as Neutrals,” She submitted.
On his part, the Registrar, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), Mr. Segun Ogunyanwo, said the essence of the training was to re-emphasis on what was expected of them in order to ensure that Neutrals carry out mediation process without bias.
In his lecture, Chairman of the Lagos ICMC, Mr Chidi Martins, said the refresher courses were aimed at discussing the challenges confronting the Neutrals in the mediation process at the OMDC and the way forward in maintaining code of ethics.
Martins highlighted some of the code of conduct and professional ethics for the panel to include; practising with integrity, independence, impartiality irrespective of their personal beliefs and convictions, effective ways of building rapport with parties using the different models of communication, effective ways of restating, rephrasing, reflecting and paraphrasing among others.