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Criminal Justice


Judia Y. Malachi


Despite advancements in modern criminal justice administration and its widespread use in criminal justice administration in other parts of the globe, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) was not widely used in Nigeria. A qualitative research method was used, anchored with Bentham’s theory of judicial organization and adjective law, cognitive-behavioral theory, and the reintegrative shaming theory. The purposeful sampling technique, a nonprobability sampling method was used to select 10 participants who were either members of the Bar or of the Bench for the interview sessions. Their responses were transcribed, analyzed, coded, decontextualized, recontextualized, and the meaning units fed into the Nvivo statistical software. The emergent themes that resulted in the course of this study included limited use of ADR, unsuitability, unacceptability, lack of familiarization, lack of adequate training, ineffectiveness, and satisfaction. The findings suggest that ADR may result in a significant reduction in the time and cost of the dispensation of justice that addressed injustice in the system of criminal justice administration, leading to positive social change. It would strengthen social stability and ensure satisfaction for the victim, offender, community, and society at large.

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