AMU Malapuram organised National webinar on ADR

Legal Aid Clinics, Dept. of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Malappuram Centre and Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh under the aegis of Kerala State Mediation and Conciliation Centre – High Court of Kerala in association with District Mediation Centre, Manjeri organised an online awareness program on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) on 9th April, 2022.

As per tradition of AMU program started by the recitation of the Holy Quran by Mohd Danish, student of BA LLB 1st year.

Dr. Faisal KP, the Director, AMUMC, delivered welcome speech. He enlightened as about ADR and mentioned that about the pendency of cases in courts of law today in India stands at 4.5 crore. So there is an urgent need for fast track resolution system today.

Prof. Mohd. Ashraf, Dean and Chairman of Dept. of Law, AMU, felicitated the program by enlightening that as per the 22nd Law Commission report says that despite Art. 39A guarantees of getting Justice. But still access to justice for poor masses has been hampered due to poverty, social and political backwardness. He told that a poor mass who can’t afford the court fees as well as don’t have time for court proceedings believe the court system is ineffective. Therefore, there arises a need for ADR to help poor masses. Later, he told the pros and cons of ADR.

Hon’bleJustice Mary Joseph, Hon’ble Judge of the Kerala High Court, presentedinaugural address about ADR and the essentials of ADR, she was impressed with our program and encouraged students to organize more of such programs in the future.

Sri.Muralee Krishna S District Co-Ordinator/ Principal District & Sessions Judge, District Mediation Centre, Manjeri, gave presidential address about ADR and explained quite a few things about it. He was also impressed with our program and encouraged to organize more of such events.

Resource person Adv. Bhuvanendran Nair V, Mediator Trainer, Thiruvananthapuram presented his views on ADR.

He started by asking, “How to make welfare state?”, he answered that it is by giving people settlement to their prolonged pending disputes in various courts in a speedy manner we would be able to achieve a welfare state. So there is a need for ADR today. “Ubi Jus Ibi Remidium”, i.e., where there is a right there is a remedy, he invoked this legal maxim and told that it is very important to make people aware of their legal rights today, and this adds to the whole meaning of awareness program on ADR. He also stated some the reasons for long pendency of cases in India. In India we have 17 thousands judges in various courts. On an average there 18-19 judge for every 10 lakh cases.Whereas in China, on an average there are 142 judges for every 10 lakh cases.

He stated the relevance of Article 21, i.e., Right to Life and Personal Liberty, to ADR as under article 21 Right to Speedy Justice is also interpreted by The Supreme Court of India in various cases. And today ADR is proving to be a mechanism for speedy justice to people.

The chairperson of Legal Aid Cell, Department of Law AMU,Prof Hashmat Ali Khan and the coordinator of the department of Law AMU Centre Malappuram, MrGhalib said that this type of collaborative programs enrich the students of AMU  and the its Centres.  They hoped that such type of beneficial programs will continue to organise in future also.

The session was concluded by vote of thanks from Shri Naushad Ali, Co-ordinator and Sub-Judge, District Mediation Centre, Manjeri. He thanked Mr. Ghalib Nashter, co-ordinators – Department of Law, AMUMC, Dr. Naseema PK, Chairperson Legal Aid Clinic Dr. Shaista Nasreen, Teacher in-charge, Legal Aid Clinic and Dr. Absar Aftab Absar, Teacher in-charge, Legal Aid Clinic and student co-ordinators, Syed Mohammad Ibrahim Quli, Tooba Khan and Yash Jain.

Syed Mohd Tayyab, Waasique Saleem Khan, Zaib Jahan, Nabeel Masood, Md. Azeem, Afina SS and hundreds of participants actively participated in program.

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