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To adopt Alternative Dispute Resolution methods

Mediators to be given special training

Awareness programme on mediation to be held

KOLLAM: Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court S.R. Bannurmath will inaugurate a judicial mediation centre here on April 4.

Programme publicity committee chairman K.G. Prasannarajan said here on Sunday that Mr. Bannurmath would also inaugurate an awareness programme on mediation on the occasion.

The function will be presided over by Kerala High Court judge and chairman of the Judicial Mediation Committee for the State Pius C. Kuriakose.

A.K. Basheer, Kerala High Court judge, will deliver the keynote address.

High Court judges M. Sasidharan Nambiar and S. Siri Jagan will speak.

Voluntary

The centre adopts the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods. The ADR is a process in which a mediator assists in settling disputes out of court. The mediation will be voluntary and confidential. If a case is not settled in the mediation centre within 60 days, it will go to court for adjudication.

Suits for injunction, recovery, labour disputes, motor accidents claims, damages, rent disputes, landlord-tenant disputes and matrimonial disputes will be taken up.

An alternative

The ADR has been evolved under Section 89 of the Cr.PC as an alternative to the traditional justice delivery system and is being implemented with the support of the Bar.

Mr. Prasannarajan said the activities of the centre would include creating awareness of mediation.

Mediators will generally be from the legal profession and they will be given special training.

Speedy justice

One big advantage of the mediation centre is speedy justice which in turn will help to bring down the number of pending cases.

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