High time for ADR mechanisms: CJI

April 10, 2022 12:00 am | Updated 05:44 am IST - AHMEDABAD

It can be a tool of social justice, he says

N.V. Ramana

N.V. Ramana

Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana stressed the need for increasing the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms that can change the judicial landscape, bringing justice to millions and settling grievances without protracted legal proceedings.

Speaking on the significance of mediation as an ADR mechanism, Chief Justice urged that an “active effort must be taken by courts to make negotiations and mediation mandatory as part of case management.”

The CJI was speaking at all India two-day conference on Mediation and Information Technology at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat.

“The concept of ADR, through Lok Adalats, Gram Nyayalayas, mediation and arbitration centres, has the potential to transform the legal landscape of India by providing millions of people a platform to settle their grievances,” the CJI said.

Justice Ramana also spoke on ‘FASTER’, a digital platform recently launched by the Supreme Court for fast and secured delivery of urgent court orders in encrypted electronic format to the stakeholders, as well as live streaming of court proceedings.

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