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Doors open to alternative disputes resolution

Punjab's first alternative disputes resolution (ADR) centre was on Saturday inaugurated at the district judicial complex here. In presence of 10 judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Saturday opened this facility for quick settlement through mediation and negotiation.

punjab Updated: Jan 18, 2014 23:08 IST
Sachin Sharma

Punjab's first alternative disputes resolution (ADR) centre was on Saturday inaugurated at the district judicial complex here.


In presence of 10 judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul on Saturday opened this facility for quick settlement through mediation and negotiation. The objective is to reduce the number of cases pending in the district as part of doing it over the two states.

In the gala function, police horse riders escorted the deputy CM's vehicle to the venue and police band performed. Addressing a seminar on "the access to justice role of the ADR mechanism", chief justice Kaul said on the occasion that dialogue could play a big role in resolving civil matters of land, matrimony, and accident in a time-bound manner.

"A panel will assist the parties in reaching a compromise to the satisfaction of all concerned, and the agreement will be valid legally and binding on all," said chief justice Kaul.

"With more awareness about rights comes a rise in the number of litigation," said the CJ, adding: "It's not a bad trend but the pendency of cases because of this is a cause of concern, for which alternative methods of dispute resolution are to be adopted."

"By March 31, the high court targets to resolve nearly 5,000 cases pending in Punjab and Haryana for past more than 10 years, of which 60 belong to Bathinda. By July, we hope to settle 54,000 five-year-old cases, of which 400 are in Bathinda," added the CJ.

Sukhbir promises ADR centres in all districts

He also said speedy resolution would give relief to both litigants and the judiciary; and boost the government's image. "The state government will build the ADR centres in all district headquarters over the next 18 months," said deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Sukhbir also sanctioned Rs 2 crore as financial help to the district bar association of Bathinda and laid the foundation stone of Block C in the judicial complex for the industrial and consumer forum.

High court judges justices Jasbir Singh (executive chairman of Punjab Legal Services Authority), SK Mittal (executive chairman of Haryana Legal Services Authority); Jitendra Chauhan, Rajesh Bindal, KC Puri, RK Garg, MS Sullar, Paramjit Singh, SP Bangar, and Jaspal Singh were present.

Bathinda judicial officers, including district and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh and chief judicial magistrate Daljeet Singh Ralhan, besides chief parliamentary secretary Sarup Chand Singla, also attended the function.