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Alternative Dispute Resolution very potent weapon to address disputes: Experts

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a very potent weapon to address disputes that should be utilised to reduce the load on the courts and provide speedy redressal, said legal experts.

A Mediation Council of India is proposed like the Bar Council of India under the draft mediation bill, said Justice MM Kumar, member, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

He was speaking at the valedictory session of a day-long event on the efficiency of ADR with a special focus on mediation organised by Bennett University on Saturday.

“There would be trained mediator with the Bar Council of India. In the US and UK, there are companies which are only doing pre-litigation mediation,” said Justice Kumar, who is also former president, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and former Chief Justice, Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

“But there are number of issues in the draft bill which needs to be raised.”

He urged the students of the university to write to the council for changes and suggestions in the bill.

“The bill must be in accordance with the pulse of our society. Lawyer has a very important role in guiding the litigants,” he said.

Bennett University is part of The Times of India Group that publishes The Economic Times. The day-long event “Consultation meet on efficiency of alternative dispute Resolution’ was organised by the School of Law, Bennett University.

“We must keep an eye on what society we make law for. I think sometimes we may overlook that. India is a very litigious society. People go for conflict for no reason,” said Salman Khurshid, senior advocate, Supreme Court, and former law and external affairs minister.

Khurshid said in India something completely devoid of conflict can be turned into a conflict overnight.

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