Great prospects for sustaining economic growth and justice in Nigeria
Danladi Plwag (Access to Justice British Council, Abuja. Nigeria)
The structure of the LMDC reflects the public private sector collaboration that has given it its uniqueness. By the LMDC Law the Chief Judge of Lagos State who is the head of the Judiciary is also at the apex of the LMDC leadership. Her functions include the constitution of a Governing Council for the LMDC, having oversight of the organization, promoting its growth and development as well as the integration of the centre into the judicial system of the state and further its overriding objectives.
The Governing Council of the LMDC comprises nine council members:
The ADR Judges By the provision of the LMDC Law three ADR judges are to be appointed by the Chief Judge and their functions will include the endorsement of terms of settlement reached by the parties, addressing of recalcitrant parties and performing an advisory role regarding the administration of the Centre. The ADR Judges are ambassadors of the state judiciary to the LMDC and a liaison between the judiciary and the LMDC.
The office of the ADR Judge was created in 2004, by the then Chief Judge of Lagos State, to give expression to the “Managerial Judge” concept, and the public-private synergy epitomised by the establishment of LMDC. The ADR Judges appointed by the Chief Judge of Lagos State to carry out the functions specified under section 15 of the LMDC Law are:
Hon Justice O. A. Ipaye
Justice Olutoyin Atinuke Ipaye attended the University of Lagos where she obtained her LLB degree in 1979. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1980 and attended the University College, Endsleigh Gardens where she got her Masters degree in Law.
She began her legal Career with the law firm of Abdullai Taiwo & Co and worked there from 1981 to 1984. She later left for the position of Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Law of the University of Ibadan where she rose to the position of Sub-Dean. She was appointed Statute Review Editor of the University of Ibadan Law Review. She was appointed Senior Lecturer Faculty of Law Lagos State University in 1996, a position she held until 2001 when she was appointed Judge of the High Court of Lagos State.
She is a seasoned judicial officer who has attended several training courses both locally and internationally. She is a member of the African Women’s Association for Research and Development (AWARD/AAFARD) and International Society of Family Law. In addition to her normal court sittings she also serves as an ADR Judge for the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse.
Hon. Justice O. A. Taiwo
Hon. Justice O. A. Taiwo attended the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University Ife) for her LLB; the Nigerian Law School from 1982-1983 (BL) and the University of Lagos (LLM) in 1998.
She began her Professional Career as State Counsel in the Ministry of Justice from 1983-1984 after which she moved to law firm of Ademola Ajakaiye & Co from 1984-1988. She was then a Senior Legal Officer, Ikeja Local Government from where she moved to the Lagos State Judiciary as Senior Magistrate II in July 1989; Senior Magistrate I in 1993; Chief Magistrate II, 1997 and Chief Magistrate I in 1999. She rose to the position of Deputy Chief Registrar in 2001, and later Chief Registrar till 2004 when she was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Lagos.
She is a seasoned judicial officer who has attended trainings and seminars both within and outside Nigeria. She was Chairman, Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria, (Lagos Branch), Vice-President, Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria (National Body).
Hon. Justice R.I.B. Adebiyi
Hon. Justice Adebiyi attended the attended the University of Kent where she obtained a BA Hons degree in Law in 1981 and went on to attend the Queen Mary College, University of London where she obtained her Masters (LLM) in 1983.
She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985 and began her Law career at the Chambers of Messrs Bentley, Edu & Co from February 1985 - 1991. At the time she left she had attained the position of Partner in Charge of Intellectual Property. In 1991 she was appointed as the Company Secretary/Legal Adviser of Fountain Trust Bank Limited a position she held until she was elevated to serve as a Judge of the High Court of Lagos State in May, 2001.
She started out as a Judge of the Commercial Division and was moved to the Revenue Division in June 2003 and is presently in the Revenue & Mortgage Divisions.
She is a seasoned judicial officer who has attended several courses and training both locally and internationally. In addition to her normal court sittings she is involved in various activities; she serves as a Member of the Court Automated Information System (CAIS) Implementation Committee and Member of the Fast Track Implementation Committee.