Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the government will set up a network
of local courts on the pattern of Gram Nyalayas and special
mobile courts for speedy disposal of disputes.
We have decided to have a network of courts in every
district on the pattern of Gram Nyayalyas. Special mobile
courts are also on the anvil and at least one will be set up
in each district, Omar said addressing the inaugural session
of the Mediation Orientation Programme here.
Omar also referred to the Lok Adalats being organized in
the State regularly at various levels. He said awareness
programmes are being conducted by the state Legal Service
Authority throughout the State and schemes have been
introduced for poor litigants.
Alternative Dispute Resolution centres in each district
have also begun in the state and State Litigation Policy is
being finalized shortly, he added.
He advocated recourse to mediation and alternative
dispute resolution options to help clear a large number of
pending cases before the courts and reduce the chances of
appeals and revisions by the litigants.
Describing mediation and third party reference to settle
the disputes an effective tool to decrease the pendency of
cases, Omar underlined the role of judges in the shift from
traditional methods of resolving the disputes to modern
inexpensive and fast track medium of mediation.
Omar said that this type of dispute resolution leaves
least scope for appeals, resulting in decreasing burden on
higher judicial forums.
It also allows the parties greater control over
resolving the issues, encourages problem-solving approaches
and provides for more effective settlements, Omar said.
However, he said the role of courts cannot be under-
estimated as the primary function of adjudication of disputes
is to be discharged by courts.
He said emphasis must be to establish a culture of
amicable solution of disputes, weather at a post-litigation or
Omar said the judicial system in India is one of the
best in the world and is highly respected but there is lot of
criticism on account of long delay in resolution of disputes
in courts of law.
I believe that the great strength of this institution
is the trust and the faith people at large repose in it. The
degree of respect and public confidence enjoyed by the
judiciary is not matched by many other institutions.
Judges have done a great job but the process has to
be given an impetus to enable the course to fulfill the
constitutional mandate of promoting and securing justice to
all, he added.