Alternative Dispute Resolution Center Opened at Anantnag

ANANTNAG:-Adding one additional fig to the justice through Mediation Centers”, Judge of Supreme Court, Justice R. N. Lodha  today inaugurated Alternative Dispute Resolution Center(ADRC) at Anantnag in presence of Chief Justice of J&K Mr. M. M. Kumar .

Executive Chairman J&K LSA, Justice Mr. Verinder Singh, Chairman mediation Monitoring Committee J&K, Justice Mansoor Ahmed Mir, Chairman District Legal Service Authority and Principal District and Sessions Judge, Mr. A. R Malik and Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Farooq Ahmed Lone were present on the occasion.

 The inaugural function was also attended by all the officers of the District Administration, members of bar association, paralegal volunteers, media persons and respectable citizens of Anantnag district.

The two storied building equipped with all modern facilities has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.18 Crores. The construction was started in March 2011 and with the best efforts of the executing agency R&B, the building has now been completed and handed over to the Judiciary for the general benefit of the people.

After inaugurating the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), twelve disputes were resolved on spot, out of which seven were related to motor accidents for which a compensation of 32. 64 lacs were disbursed and the remaining cases pertaining to CRPC were also settled.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Justice Lodha told that the aim of establishing these ADRs is to shorten the time required for the resolution of disputes among the litigants. He emphasized upon the need of giving a wide area for the litigants for reaching out at the end point of any resolution. He urged the lawyers and facilitators to have utmost patience while listening to the parties so that a satisfactory solution can be reached out in the best interests of the parties at a very low cost. He narrated such clinics as justice at doorsteps.

Chief Justice of J&K, Mr. Justice MM Kumar while deliberating explained the crux of establishing ADRs in the country. He congratulated all the participants for having such a kind of facilitation centre in the district where all people starting from the lower class to upper class can benefit themselves by getting easy and satisfactory justice according to their own will. This kind of conflict resolution can be achieved at a very low rather negligible cost, he maintained. He also informed that so far as ADRs are concerned, 2 nos. of ADRs have been constructed till now in J&K.

 While reacting to the demands put forward by the president Bar Association Mr Reyaz Ahmed, Mr. Justice Kumar told that efforts are already being made for the identification of land for new court complex at Anantnag. He also told that out of 43000 cases pending in different courts 14000 cases were disposes off during the last three months with the efforts of the judiciary.

Justice Mansoor Ahmed Mir speaking on the occasion threw light on the background, aims and objectives of ADR Centres in the state. He congratulated the young lawyers of the district, who are acting as mediators and facilitators between the innumerable litigants in getting a satisfactory end of the problem in which they are involved.

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