Alternative Dispute Resolution has become popular

The system of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADS) has become popular among litigants as parties can arrive at an amicable solution, according to Madras High Court Judge V. Dhanapalan.

Addressing a function at the combined court complex here on Saturday, Justice Dhanapalan said the system would ensure the peaceful resolution of disputes. At times, judgments delivered in courts were not acceptable to one of the parties involved.

The system of pre-mediation worked well in the US and the backlog of cases dropped dramatically in that country, the judge said.

Pending cases

Over 5.06 lakh cases were currently pending before the Madras High Court, where it was only 3.08 lakh cases in 2010.

At the same time, 12.41 lakh cases were pending before subordinate courts in 2007, where the pendency of cases had come down to 12.32 lakh, thanks to special courts, speedy trial and early delivery of justice to litigants, Justice Dhanapalan pointed out.

"Since justice delayed is justice denied, the judiciary has the greatest responsibility of rendering speedy and impartial justice to the public, which would ensure the litigants’ trust in the country’s judicial system."

He said judiciary should have financial independence for speedy development of infrastructure in courts.

The judge inaugurated a special subordinate court, additional mahila court and an additional property room, and laid the foundation stone for an alternative dispute resolution centre in the presence of R. Rajasekaran, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Tirunelveli.

Collector C. Samayamoorthy, Minister for Tourism P. Senthurpandian, office-bearers and members of the Tirunelveli Bar Association participated.

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