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Mediation will ease court burden

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 00:11 IST
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Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju has said that the system of mediation will help reduce the burden of the courts in the country.

Addressing a programme organised by the Allahabad High Court here on Thursday, he said, “It will also help resolve the disputes between the parties.”

Katju further said that the mediation would give full opportunity to the courts to decide the important matters which could not be decided by mediation.

Elaborating upon mediation, Justice Katju further said that mediation was a voluntary and confidential process. “As per the process, the intervention of a neutral and impartial person, who is called mediator, is required. Both the parties are helped by him to come to a voluntary mutually acceptable resolution of their disputes,” he said.  Once an agreement was reached and signed by the parties, it became binding and then could be enforced by the legal process, he said.

Katju said that as a Chief Justice of the Madras High Court he helped set up a mediation centre at the Madras High Court. Thereafter, as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court he did the same and results were encouraging at both the places.  He said that the system would not harm the lawyers, instead it would help them do better as trained mediators.

Pointing out towards the long pendency of cases in all the courts of the country, Justice Katju said that if the legal system did not resolve the disputes quickly, non-legal methods would be used to solve the problems.

In the beginning of his speech, Justice Katju, while lauding the Allahabad High Court Bar, said, “This Bar has made me, what I am today.”.

Earlier, welcoming Justice Katju, who was earlier a lawyer of the high court, president of HCBA CL Pandey called a great humanitarian. Meanwhile, as part of its lecture series, Samvaad, a group of lawyers, will organise a lecture on the topic ‘Mediation’ at Judges Guest House, Drummond Road, here tomorrow, at 4.30 p.m.  Justice  Katju will deliver lecture on Mediation. The keynote address will be delivered by senior advocate Sriram Panchu.