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Training for referral judges held in Kohima

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/9/2019 12:25:06 PM IST

A one-day training program for referral judges was held under the aegis of Mediation & Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC), Supreme Court of India in collaboration with the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) at Hotel De Oriental Grand, Kohima on February 9. 

A press release from NSLSA state project coordinator, Limasenla Lkr stated that the training was piloted by a trainer judge (potential trainer), AA Nandgaonkar, judicial officer, Maharashtra and administered by an MCPC observer, Dharmender Rana, additional registrar, Supreme Court of India & member secretary, Mediation & Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC), Supreme Court of India.

Dharmender Rana introduced the mediation training by citing to the preamble to the Constitution of India where it is seen that securing justice to all citizens is the primary goal of the nation. 

With the three crore cases pending in the country, it will take another 300 years to dispose of all of them with the present justice delivery system in India, he said.

The need of the hour is to resort to mediation processes, for which Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which provides flexibility, saves valuable time and money and avoid the stress of lengthy trials, is eminently desirable. 

He further explained various methods of dispute resolution such as arbitration, conciliation, mediation and Lok Adalats. 

AA Nandgaonkar, showed guidelines for referral judges and the check list on various process of mediation, to the judicial officers. According to him, the role of a referral judge is of great significance in court-referred mediation and success of mediation process will depend on the proper selection and reference of suitable cases by referral judges.

Earlier, Mezivolu T Therieh, NSLSA member secretary delivered the welcome address and thanked the MCPC for the one day training, a first of its kind in the State.

In this training, 18 in-service judicial officers of Nagaland, received training under the MCPCs structured curriculum of  “Mediation Training for Referral Judges”.

The release stated that mediation is not uncommon in Naga society and is indirectly practiced in all decision making and resolutions of conflicts by village elders and village councils members. 

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