Mediation centres opened in Delhi
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Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010, 00:31
New Delhi: In an initiative aimed at ensuring timely and responsive justice, Delhi Government today launched a 'mediation and conciliation' service through which people will be able to resolve their disputes without going to court.

The service will be available at 'mediation and conciliation centres' where mediators will help disputing parties settle their difference.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today inaugurated the first such centre at Patparganj area of the city. The mediation and conciliation centre will try to resolve disputes between warring parties without going to to court, police or other forums.

Dikshit described inauguration of the first Mediation and Conciliation Centre as a "beginning which will go a long way in resolution of cases in shortest possible time and will ensure justice without involvement of any lawyer."

Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice Madan B Lokur and Labour Minister Mangat Ram Singhal were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Dikshit said three more such centres will be set up in Rohini, Parliament Street and Rajpur Road locality of the city within next two months.

"It has been decided to set up such centers in all the districts in the city," she said.

The Chief Minister said the mediation and conciliation centres will facilitate negotiation between the disputing parties with help of neutral mediator.

It will be a voluntary, confidential, transparent and flexible process where parties themselves will workout solutions of their disputes, she said.

Officials said the mediators will not decide or impose any solution on the parties but will create a favourable environment to enable them to reach an amicable settlement.

Dikshit expressed confidence that in due course of time, mediation centres would become an effective forum for resolution of disputes.

Matters related to marital discord, neighbourhood disputes, commercial matters including consumer complaints, minor criminal offences could be referred for mediation.

The petty criminal cases can also be referred by the police to the centres before registration of FIR.

Lawyers who have undergone training as prescribed by Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee of Supreme Court of India could be appointed as mediator for such centres.

Retired officers, judges, and bureaucrats will also be eligible to become mediators of the mediation centres.

An official said a mediator will first talk to the parties and establish his neutrality to create trust of parties in the process. "Once the matter is settled mediator will clarify and confirm the terms and record the settlement," he said.


First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010, 00:31

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