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Justice Buba Advocates Alternative Dispute Resolution In Maritime Cases

Posted: Oct 22, 2015 at 8:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Buba on Wednesday suggested the need to embrace Alternative Dispute Resolution in maritime cases to decongest the courts.

Buba made the suggestion at the launch of Volume two of “Essays in Admiralty: Sustaining Maritime Development in West Africa”, authored by a maritime lawyer, Mrs Jean Chiazor-Anishere.

The book was dedicated in honour of the first female Judge and former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Roseline Ukeje.

Buba said there was need to revisit the past when traditional rulers, lawmakers and other leaders in the society resolved issues amicably without going to court.

He decried the surge in unnecessary litigations which resulted in waste of resources and avoidable stress on judges.

“Parties should not go to court except it becomes very necessary in order not to bore and overstretch the judge.’’

While reviewing the book, the judge said the book, which had 136 pages and 13 chapters, was “very instructive in maritime law and shipping.’’

Buba said the book was written in straight forward English, devoid of professional jargons, describing it as a good read for all levels of people in the society.

The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, represented by Prof. Peter Onwualu, said the book was timely to address poor reading culture in Nigeria.

The author, who is also the President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA-Nigeria), commended judges who inspired her through their judgments.

“I want to encourage the culture of reading because reading gives you knowledge and knowledge gives you power and confidence to be able to weather the storm.’’

She advised other female lawyers to “bring out their resources and put it in book form to impart knowledge on the younger generation.’’

Chiazor-Anishere urged lawyers to read widely in order to improve their ability to deliver information clearly.

Justice Roseline Ukeje commended the resilience of the author in court.