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CJ lays foundation stone of Alternative Disputes Resolution Centre

Posted on Oct 04, 02:08PM | UNI

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice A K Sikri laid foundation stone of the Alternative Disputes Resolution Centre at the district judicial complex Ambala City today late evening.

This is his first visit to Ambala after assuming charge of the High Court.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Justice Sikri said the purpose of setting up the ADRCs was to provide justice to the people at cheaper price. He said these Centres were so popular in the US that 95 to 97 per cent cases of disputes were settled at such centres.

The Centres could be popularised by providing services to the people by convincing them of the best services given by these centres.

He alleviated the fears of the lawyers that the Centre would affect their practice but said it would boost their work. He hoped that the judicial officers and lawyers would create awareness among the people of the utility of these Centres.

Speaking on the burning issue of foeticide, he said the women themselves were responsible for the social evil. He said the women should face the problem like a lioness and not like a goat. The slur of foeticide could be removed with active participation of the women.

The Alternative Disputes Resolution Centre headed by a special judge is proposed to dispose of the cases of disputes prior to moving the courts.

The Centres have come up on the initiative of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The Centre would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1.5 crore. The main objective of setting up the Centres is to provide improved legal facilities.

Anyone facing any problem could approach the Centre with an application for resolution of his dispute. If the dispute is not solved at the Centre presided over by the special judge, then he would be directed to move the court.

A panel of lawyers would be formed who would be provided training to work with the Centres.

On completion of construction of the Centre, Reconciliation Sadan, Mediation Centre, Lok Adalat, Permanent Lok Adalat and Public Utility Services would work at the Centre under single roof. Besides, the office of District Legal Services Authority would be constructed in the new complex.