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Cross River’s Small Claims Court: Boosting Justice

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Cross River's Small Claims Court: Boosting Justice

In a bid to enhance justice delivery in Cross River State, the government has announced its plans to establish a Small Claims Court.

This significant development was disclosed during a stakeholders workshop on alternative dispute resolution for magistrates in the state.

Touchaheart Nigeria reports on the details of this initiative.

The Small Claims Court: A Step Towards Efficient Justice

The Small Claims Court is a pivotal component of the state’s commitment to Enabling Business Reforms.

These reforms are being implemented through the Cross River State Enabling Business Environment Council, in collaboration with various partners, including the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), the Nigeria’s Governor’s Forum, and the World Bank.

Speaking at the workshop, Dr. Glory Effiong, the Champion of the State Action On Business Enabling Reforms (SABER), explained that the primary objective of the SABER program is to enhance the overall business environment at both national and subnational levels.

This encompasses improving the efficiency of land administration, enhancing the regulatory framework for private investment in fiber optic infrastructure, establishing state investment promotion agencies, and enhancing the services provided by these agencies.

The Role of Small Claims Court in Dispute Resolution

Dr. Effiong emphasized that one of the strategic initiatives being adopted by many states to expedite the resolution of commercial disputes is the establishment of Small Claims Courts.

These courts play a pivotal role in promoting, encouraging, and facilitating alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for small claims, offering an efficient alternative to lengthy trials.

The government of Cross River State is working diligently with the state judiciary to support the establishment of the Small Claims Court.

Additionally, they are in the process of hosting the state judiciary website, a move that will further enhance transparency and accessibility to legal information.

The recent workshop on alternative dispute resolution for magistrates is another testament to their commitment to improving the justice delivery system in the state.

What You Should Know

The establishment of the Small Claims Court in Cross River State is a significant step forward in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of justice delivery.

As the state continues to implement Enabling Business Reforms, this initiative will undoubtedly contribute to creating a more favorable environment for businesses and individuals seeking timely resolution of disputes.

With collaboration from various stakeholders, Cross River State is on the path to ensuring that justice is not only accessible but also delivered swiftly.

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