‘Courts and ADR methods must work together’ – Justice C. Praveen Kumar

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Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court, Justice C. Praveen Kumar, speaking at the inauguration of a two-day training session for engineers of the Road and Buildings department organized by the International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ICADR), said alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods are emerging as a solution to reduce delays in the justice delivery system.

According to Justice Praveen Kumar, “While Indian courts are held in high esteem all over the world for the quality of judgments, the justice delivery system has come under tremendous stress, owing to factors like growing population, institution of fresh cases, increasing awareness of rights, multiplicity of laws and other factors, which have led to ‘docket explosion’.”

“Though ADR methods are less formal when compared to the court system and provide maximum autonomy for the parties, it has to be remembered that ADR methods are not a substitute to the courts” said Justice Praveen, adding that the judiciary and ADR practitioners have to work in tandem to provide relief to disputants.

Bill to encourage arbitration of commercial disputes introduced in Rajya Sabha

The recent amendment to the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was approved by the Union cabinet on July 3, will provide time-bound settlement of disputes as well as accountability of the Arbitrator, said Justice Praveen Kumar.

Culled from The Times of India

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