A new forum to settle cases outside court

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: To facilitate timely delivery of justice, the Delhi Government has set up a new “Delhi Disputes Resolution Society” which will offer an alternative dispute resolution mechanism outside the courtroom.

The Society is the first of its kind in the country and intends to help parties resolve their disputes amicably, economically and quickly. The Government has collaborated with the Delhi High Court in this initiative and hopes that this will reduce the backlog of pending cases.

The Society will set up its first Mediation Centre at Udyog Sadan in Patparganj by the end of this month. This will be followed by centres on Parliament Street and Rajpur Road.

The Society also intends to set up 11 consumer affair centres, four cheque-dishonour and accident-compensation cases centres and four community mediation centres in different parts of the Capital. For these centres, the services of retired judges will be utilised at a reasonable remuneration per sitting. Services of reputed advocates will also be requisitioned.

Focus on pending cases

The primary focus of the Society will be on resolving pre-litigation disputes and pending cases as well as those dealing with consumer affairs, accident compensation, cheque dishonour and property disputes. It will also extend its services to other minor cases related to family quarrels, divorce, child welfare, parenting, noise pollution and destruction of property, etc.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will be its patron-in-chief and Delhi High Court acting Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur its patron. The State Chief Secretary will serve as the president of the Society and Principal Secretary (Law and Justice) M. L. Mehta will be its chairperson.