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“Mediation, a means to reduce backlog in regular courts”

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Mediation will not harm the career of lawyers

It is a rapidly growing profession in India


DINDIGUL: Mediation is a system that allows litigants to settle their disputes within the legal frame with the help of lawyers. Mediation will neither harm the career of lawyers nor their income. On the other hand, it will give job satisfaction, said Justice S. Tamilvanan, Judge, Madras High Court.

He was inaugurating a mediation orientation programme for advocates in Dindigul district here on Saturday.

All cases cannot be settled through mediation.

Disputes

“But we can get the best through mediation only. Mediation could be done for family and marriage disputes, company legal cases and some personal cases. Mediation is only a solution,” he added. “Within the legal frame work, lawyers can render justice.”

Mediation was a scientific art and everything could be done. More over, it would help regular courts reduce backlogs, he added.

First mediation centre

In his special address, senior advocate Sri Ram Panchu said first mediation centre was constituted in Madras High Court by the then Chief Justice Markandeya Katju in April 2005. Mediation was a rapidly growing profession in India and abroad.

In foreign countries, several lawyers took mediation as full fledged profession and several judges retired voluntarily and shifted to this profession.

“Quality in rendering service, negotiation skills and effective interaction were basic keys for success in this profession.”

First of all, mediation had no decision making powers. Above all, there was no risk at all. Lawyers were creating a free atmosphere to make people arrive at a solution on their own to settle their disputes.

Negotiation

People had the right to quit the negotiation at any point. Lawyers would only act as facilitators and talk out various options, possibilities and give suggestions, he pointed out.

On the other side, court time would be saved considerably. Relationship with people would improve.

People would certainly come to mediators before going to courts.

Such a situation would be the real development.

Advocate Geetha Ramaseshan, District Judge Basheer Ahmad spoke.

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