Sunday, January 17, 2010

16.01.2010: Mediation centre to come up in Udupi

Udupi Jan 17: Jawad Rahim, judge of the Karnataka High Court and Administrative Judge for Udupi district, said on Saturday that a mediation centre would be set up here.

He was speaking after inaugurating the second stage of the District Courts Complex.

Mr. Rahim said that alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation could be successful only with the cooperation of the Bar. In mediation, the disputants had to resolve the dispute and the court would put its seal on the resolution, he said.

Cordial relations between the Bar and the Bench were essential for smooth functioning of the judiciary. The present judicial officers enjoyed better salaries, infrastructure and other benefits than those about 10 years ago, Mr. Rahim said. Home Minister V.S. Acharya said that the number of family disputes were on the rise. Hence, a court dedicated to resolving such disputes should be set up here. He would speak to Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar on this matter, he said and urged Mr. Rahim to look into it. He said the various demands of the Bar Association, including the one for the construction of a third floor for the District Courts Complex, would be considered. Dr. Acharya handed over a certificate granting one acre of land at Ajjarkad here for the construction of quarters for judicial officers.

D.V. Sadananda Gowda, MP, said that while people had lost faith in many institutions, they still had a lot of faith in the judiciary. Dispensation of justice should be speeded up, he said and added that Lok Adalats should be encouraged.

Former presidents and secretaries of the Udupi Bar Association were felicitated.

Hindu/Photo: Janradan Kodavoor

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