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ADRs to provide quick and economical justice

Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, August 03, 2013
First Published: 20:03 IST(3/8/2013) | Last Updated: 20:05 IST(3/8/2013)

With a view to provide quick and economical justice to people, an alternative dispute redressal (ADR) centre will be set up at the district court complex soon.

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Following the concept of legal process in the United States, the centre will lessen burden from the courts said chief judicial magistrate (CJM)-cum-secretary of district legal services authority (DLSA) Tejinder Bir Singh on Saturday.

A building committee of Punjab and Haryana high court had already visited a site for the proposed centre and design of the building is being finalised by the chief architect of the state.

Moreover, a budget of R1 crore is also being sanctioned for this centre, which is expected to be completed within six months once the construction starts.

"As soon as it gets final nod, the foundation stone will be laid within a week," said the CJM. He added that ADR facility would play an important role in reducing courts' burden and highlight the role of alternative methods such as settlement, mediation and lok adalats, in delivery of justice.

Tejinder said the offices of DLSA, mediation and counselling centre, permanent lok adalat for public utility services are working at separate places which hampers easy communication at times.

"Once the centre is completed, these offices will be shifted under one roof and there will be a separate identification of ADR," said Tejinder.

These centres will provide the option to parties to settle their disputes in a satisfactory manner by spending less money, he said.

"This is a new campaign with the emphasis on speedy and economical justice. Cases at the pre-litigation level would also be resolved and once a case is settled, it will not have further appeals in any court of law," he said.

The CJM said in USA, nearly 80 per cent cases are being handled by ADR centres and pre-litigation process has ended dependency upon courts.

Tejinder added that the regular courts have been getting affected by the problem of handling large number of cases which take years to get completed.

Moreover, after a verdict, the parties often approach the higher judiciary and in numerous cases, it keeps on lingering in the courts for various reasons.

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