Multi-Door Courthouse (MDC) Initiative
The NCMG International embarked on a campaign to establish, replicate and develop court-connected Multi-Door Courthouses anchored on Alternative Dispute Resolution to promote the resolution of disputes in an atmosphere free of acrimony and contestations. A Court-Connected Multi-Door Courthouse is a Centre where different dispute resolution doors are available for the resolution of disputes within the Court system.
Through a systemic process of sensitization of the Judiciary, Bar, corporate organizations, government and public through workshops, networking, seminars and conferences, the NCMG International established:
- The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) -the first court-connected ADR Centre in Africa in June, 2002 followed by its subsequent replication by the judiciary of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, in November 2003.
- In 2006, the Kano MDC followed suit and is currently under review by the NCMG International.
- In 2008, the NCMG International embarked on an 18 month World Bank sponsored project in collaboration with the ADR Centre in Italy on “Expanding ADR Institutions & Mechanisms in Nigeria” this project has also led to the beginnings of the establishment of Multi-Door Courthouses in Abia and Kaduna States in Nigeria.