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Four Magisterial Courts Apply Dispute Resolution Method

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MONROVIA October 22 (LINA) - Four Magisterial Courts in Montserrado County are applying the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) method to determine cases during this Ebola crises.

Magistrates at the New Kru Town, Brewerville, Gardnersville and Paynesville Magisterial Courts said the method is used to determine only baillable offenses in order to avoid overcrowding the prisons during this Ebola outbreak.

In an interview with the Liberia News Agency at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, Magistrates Joseph Wastson, James Cooper, Nelson Chineh and John Gbety said while they are not suspending other provisions of the law, it has become extremely necessary to determine non- capital offense cases without sending the accused to jail to prevent the spread of the Ebola disease in prisons.

The Alternative Dispute Resolution is a method of resolving cases by involving reputable individuals and institutions to help in amicably deciding cases brought to court for determination.

Meanwhile, the four magistrates asserted that though some defendants are exploiting the situation to commit crimes in some communities, the method is contributing to the fight against the Ebola virus.
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