A two-day, ‘awareness, referral coaching and mentoring programme,’ ( ARCM) organised by State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) began at district courts, Sector 43, here on Saturday.
The programme was organised under the aegis of Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee of Supreme Court of India and mediation sessions were mentored by trainers from Delhi with help from local mediators. Seven cases pending in the district courts, which were referred for mediation, were settled on the spot.
An awareness programme for spreading awareness about benefits of mediation was organised wherein more than 200 advocates, law students, mediators, paralegal volunteeers and legal aid counsel participated. The session was presided over by SK Aggarwal, district and sessions judge, Chandigarh, who stressed the need to refer more cases for mediation. He called upon members of the Bar to cooperate in settlement of pending cases through mediation.
SLSA member secretary Lal Chand said, “The centre at the district court is a great success in settling disputes of litigants referred by the district courts in Chandigarh.”
He added that matrimonial disputes by the Women Cell of Chandigarh police were also taken up by mediators and settled at the prelitigative stage, saving parties from filing multiple matrimonial and criminal cases in the court “Awareness regarding the process of mediation is the key to success of the system,” he further said, appealing lawyers to apprise their clients regarding the benefits of mediation.
Anu Malhota, district judge, Delhi Mediation Centre, highlighted the benefits of mediation and shared her experiences in the success of mediation in Delhi. “Advocates are the most important stake holders in the process of mediation and without their cooperation, the system cannot succeed,” she added.