Alternative Dispute Resolution
“I realized that the true fiction of a lawyer was to unite parties… A large part of my time during the 20 years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing out private compromise of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby- not even money, certainly not my soul.”– Mahatma Gandhi
ADR or “Alternative Dispute Resolution” is an attempt to devise machinery which should be capable of providing an alternative to the conventional methods of resolving disputes. ADR offers to resolve matters of litigants, whether in business causes or otherwise, who are not able to start any process of negotiation and reach any settlement. It has started gaining ground as against litigation.
ADR can be broadly classified into two categories: court-annexed options (Mediation, Conciliation) and community based dispute resolution mechanism (Lok-Adalat).
The following are the modes of ADR practiced in India:
5. Lok Adalat