The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is not an alternative to our legal system but works in support of the system, said High Court Justice N. Kumar.

He was speaking after inaugurating a certificate course of Alternative Dispute Resolution at JSS Law College here this morning. He said that there are some major cases which cannot be solved through mediation, conciliation or in Lok Adalat as it requires to be dealt through arbitration proceedings.

Justice Kumar also mentioned that it was important for the students to learn basic law prior to them going in for specialisation. Citing the example of Italian Marines being called back, Justice Kumar said the existing Indian Legal System was the best in the world and Supreme Court was most powerful court.

However, he expressed his concern over the criticisms being faced by the Indian legal system for being slow in disposing the cases. “Till now, there are around 3.20 crore cases pending in different courts throughout the country. But, nobody has till today thought about the reasons for the delay.

While sometimes neither the complainant nor the defendant attends the court proceedings, on other occasions, the lawyers representing both the parties seek adjournment. When this is the situation, there would definitely be delay in disposing the cases, said Justice Kumar.

He added that even under such a situation, the courts have disposed around 2 crore cases in the past year. “There are several examples where the courts have delivered the verdict within a single day of hearing with respect to cases concerning students,” said Justice Kumar.

He added that country lacked sufficient courts and lawyers to address the woes of the population. Justice Kumar called upon the young law graduates to enter the field instead of entering the corporate world.

Odisha’s National Law University VC Prof. V. Nagaraj, Legal expert Prof. C.K.N. Raja, college Principal Prof. K.S. Suresh were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore