The Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, Justice Biswanath Somadder today unveiled the plaque for the foundation stone of a Permanent Building for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre at Dakopgre in Tura.
Speaking on the occasion, Justice Somadder said that the number of litigation in the country was quite manageable in the earlier times and with time the number of litigations has increased making it impossible for the judicial officers and judges to handle it further. He reiterated that the shelf life of litigation should be limited and it has to be over within a certain period of time, otherwise the concept of justice delayed and justice denied is the one which would affect the justice delivery system. For this reason, the legislature in its wisdom decided to amend the Code of Civil Procedure and introduced the concept of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism in four segments comprising Lok Adalat, Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation, the Chief Justice informed.
He said that the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre (ADRC) is the most effective way to end long drawn protracted litigation and the step forward is to give and dedicate the centre to the local people of the area. He expressed hope that when completed, the ADR centre will benefit the common man of the region by bringing the justice delivery system closer to the people within a short and reasonable time frame.
Others who spoke on the occasion were the District and Session Judge of West Garo Hills, Dashalin Kharbteng, the Secretary of District Legal Services Authority, A. M. Pariat.
Registrar General for High Court of Meghalaya, E. Kharumnuid, Registrar of Judicial Services, A. Ripnar, the District and Session Judge cum Member Secretary of MLSA, Commissioner and Secretary in-charge Law Department, W. Khyllep, Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh, Superintendent of Police, Dr. M. G. R. Kumar and heads of departments were among others who attended the function.