Speedy Dispensation of Justice: Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC)

Chinwe Umegbolu

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The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) scheme is currently incorporated
into the justice system. Since it was enacted into law, its relevance has developed
due to its unique way of linking cases to appropriate forums for appropriate
settlements. Hence, considerable literature has grown around its establishment;
one such piece was on the scheme’s effectiveness, which was carried out in
2012. In hindsight, the work will evaluate the philosophy behind the birth of the
Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) in Nigeria and the underlying elements
of the LMDC Law. What is the story so far? Has the courthouse contributed to
or reduced the pitfalls associated with litigation in Lagos state? The work
employs a socio-legal and comparative approach. It concludes on how effective
the LMDC has been from its inception to date, the differences or contributions
they have brought in terms of speedy dispensation of justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-308
Number of pages30
JournalAthens Journal of Law
Volume 8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2022


  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Multi-Door Courthouse
  • Access to Justice
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Nigeria


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