STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: High Court (HC) of Jammu and Kashmir in collaboration with Government of J&K on Thursday organised a three-day “Induction Training Programme on Mediation for Judges and Lawyers.” The training programme that ends on Saturday is being conducted at J&K State Judicial Academy Moominabad Srinagar in which various judicial officers, resource persons, lawyers will throw light on Mediation and Conciliation. The judicial officers who spoke on the occasion said that mediation is emerging as an effective tool for conflict resolution and the need of the hour is to play an active role in making the mediation a success and a viable alternative. The purpose of the training programme is to impart training to the judges and lawyers so that they can be excellent mediators that would ultimately help them in mediation and conflict resolution. Chief Justice High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Gita Mittal spoke on various aspects of mediation and said that mediation is emerging as an effective and alternative tool for dispute resolution and said that single handed approach cannot be adopted for handling all kinds of disputes. Chief Justice said that mediation centres are not only for removing the burgeoning problem of judiciary but they also meet the inherent needs of society and community. She said that mediation centres enable the resolution of disputes in the manner the disputing parties desire and also said that Judicial officers have to evolve mechanism to determine the cases for referral to the mediation centres. About the progress made in mediation in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Justice expressed her resolve to bring the mediation centres of the state at par with the rest of the country to ensure access to justice for all. Chief Justice Gita Mittal also exhorted upon the lawyers and judicial officers to treat this training session as a serious business and see this as an opportunity to enhance their knowledge level in terms of mediation and conciliation. Chairman, Mediation and Conciliation Centre, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur in his keynote address highlighted the need and importance of the subject and said that mediation centres will play a critical role in timely delivery of justice as courts have been inundated by the huge inflow of litigations. In his welcome address, Justice Rashid Ali Dar gave an insight about the goals and objectives of the programme and said that mediation centres will only be successful by imparting training to referral judges. Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik also emphasised the benefits of mediation process and said that it is low cost, effective and peaceful. The other dignitaries present on the occasion included Advocate General D.C. Raina, Secretary Law Department Achal Sethi, Registrar General High Court Sanjay Dhar, Director J&K State Judicial Academy and other officers of the Registry. Renowned Resource Persons, including senior advocate J P Sengh, senior advocate, Sudhanshu Batra, advocate Veena Ralli, Advocate Anuj Agarwal who are well known in the country as mediators and advocates conducted the working sessions on different aspects of mediation which will continue for the next two days.
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