Terming the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) system of settling the cases as the new dimension in the judiciary, chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court Arjan Kumar Sikri on Tuesday disclosed that all district court complexes in Punjab and Haryana would have separate buildings to run these centres.
Inaugurating the region's first ADR building in the court complex here, Sikri said ADR centres would help in delivering speedy justice to the litigants.
“It's just a beginning. 14 more centres would be dedicated to public very soon. Patiala is just the beginning in our initiative to give importance to increase ADR,” said the chief justice.
Later addressing lawyers at a function organised by Bar Association of Patiala, Sikri tried to clear air on the doubts of the lawyer community about the ADR. “I know, most of you think that introduction of ADR will hit your income. In foreign countries when the system was introduced, lawyers had described ADR as 'alarming decrease in revenue' of lawyers. But now the lawyers in the West admit that ADRs didn't have a bearing on their income,” said Sikri.
Justice Jasbir Singh, who is also the executive chairman of Punjab Legal Services Authority, stated that the motto of ADR Centre was making justice accessible to all and that no person should be deprived of legal assistance for want of funds or any other disability.