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Mediation Centre an easier access to justice: Chief Justice Nandrajog

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NASHIK:

For the settlement of cases, it takes the crucial time of court proceedings, complainants & defendants, witnesses and evidences which is a sheer wastage of time and money. This fact is unaffordable and inconvenient for the general public.

However the option of a Mediation Centre — which promotes mutual dialogue and works towards conflict resolution- saves not only the time and money of petitioners and defendants but also ensures speedy redressal of their cases without directly approaching to the court. Hence this is the best option to settle court cases amicably, stated Pradeep Nandrajog, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.

Instead of going straight to the court, parties in conflict have the option to take the help of a trained mediator to reach a solution that suits them best. Chief Justice Nandrajog was addressing a one-day regional conference of justice on the subject line Mediation Centre: Competency and Evaluation held at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Mhasrul here on Saturday. The session was jointly organised by the State Legal Services Authority, Bombay High Court Mediation Monitoring Committee and Nashik District Legal Services Authority.

The dire need of a Mediation Centre necessitated post-WW-I and WW-II. How to settle cases amicably was the pivotal question. The verdict at the Mediation Centre is the result of mutual understanding and compromise between both the parties to the disputes and thus of a permanent nature. The justice in his role as a mediator should take equal and impartial views of both the sides of the plaintiff and defendant before delivering the judgement,” said Justice Nandrajog.

Justice Ranjit More, justice N M Jamdar and justice (district) Anuja Prabhudesai were present on th dais. Principal justice (district and sessions court, Nashik) R M Joshi, Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhkoni, admiral solicitor general Anil Singh and Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa office bearers Adv Jayant Jaybhave were present.

Mediation is a process in which disputing parties attempt to resolve their disagreements with the help of an impartial, trained neutral third party called the mediator/Conciliator. The mediator does not pass judgment but helps the parties open communication, identify their differences and reach agreement on how to resolve them. He makes the proposal, formulates and reformulates the terms of a possible settlement.

When the disputing parties have reached a mutually acceptable solution, and once they sign the written agreement, it is a full and final settlement of the dispute, same is binding on the parties without any appeal or revision.

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