[COVID-19]Youth Bar Association Moves SC Seeking Formulation Of SOP Mandating Pre-Litigation Mediation Across India [Read Petition]

first_imgTop Stories[COVID-19]Youth Bar Association Moves SC Seeking Formulation Of SOP Mandating Pre-Litigation Mediation Across India [Read Petition] Nilashish Chaudhary15 July 2020 10:54 PMShare This – xThe Youth Bar Association of India (YBAI) has moved a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Supreme Court seeking directions or guidelines to provide for mandatory pre-litigation mediation across the country. With a view to deal with the problem of pendency of cases, the plea seeks formulation of a Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) which would ensure that parties mandatorily engage…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Youth Bar Association of India (YBAI) has moved a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Supreme Court seeking directions or guidelines to provide for mandatory pre-litigation mediation across the country. With a view to deal with the problem of pendency of cases, the plea seeks formulation of a Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) which would ensure that parties mandatorily engage in mediation proceedings at a pre-litigative stage. Expressing concern over the rate at which cases are piling up in Courts across India, the petitioner Association advocates the use of alternate dispute resolution in order to control frivolous and vexatious matters coming up for litigation by affording an opportunity to parties to come together and settle their disputes amicably before any litigation can commence. “…it is submitted that arrears are mounting by leaps and bounds and there is no respite in sight. This is particularly because institution of cases is much more than their disposal at all the levels of judicial administration. The fundamental requirement of good judicial administration is speedy justice. Quite often, frivolous, vexatious and luxurious litigations come up and add to the mounting arrears. Such type of litigation has to be controlled, rather stopped. Efforts should be made to settle the disputes at the very threshold vide affording opportunity to the concerned parties to settle their disputes amicably. Mediation in general and ‘prelitigative’ mediation in particular is an alternative mode to settle the dispute amicably, and that too, at pre-litigative stage.” To substantiate their concern, YBAI has cited statistics given by the National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG), which have been referred to by sitting judges of the Supreme Court while speaking at online seminars recently. It is informed that that total number of cases pending before the Courts in India, as on 24th May, 2020, is 32.45 million. The petitioner emphasizes on data which reveals that 71.06% of civil cases are pending in ‘Original Jurisdiction’, and if stage-wise data is drawn, approximately 24.2% case are found to be pending at the appearance or ‘admission’ stage. From this, YBAI has argued that it may be inferred that parties are not entirely keen to pursue the case, yet maximum pendency arises from this category where both sides of the dispute know each other. In this light, it is urged that ‘prelitigative mediation’ is an effective alternative mode to settle such disputes without allowing them to come till a stage where litigation is necessary. Pointing out the purpose behind mechanisms of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), governed by the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and the Civil Procedure Code, 1908 (CPC), specifically laying emphasis on Section 89 of CPC, it is urged that “with the introduction of these provisions, a mandatory duty has been cast on the civil courts to endeavour for settlement of disputes by relegating the parties to an ADR process. The object of introduction of Section 89 was to ensure that Courts make an endeavour to facilitate out-of-court settlement through any of the five ADR methods as referred to in Section 89: (a) Arbitration, (b) Conciliation, (c) Judicial settlement, (d) Settlement through Lok Adalat, and (e) Mediation.” YBAI goes on to enunciate that out of the three main methods prescribed for mediation, the pre-litigation method would serve the purpose best. To this end, it is argued that it is the most productive as it offers the highest degree of privacy to parties as well as the the greatest opportunity cost, along with other economic benefits. “‘Pre-litigation’ mediation is nothing but an attempt to resolve the dispute among the parties amicably with the help of neutral third party called Mediator before going to the court or even before filing litigation or sending a notice. It gives a chance to both the parties to end the dispute in a win-win position. In it issues can be sorted out sooner and this process is inexpensive compared to the expenditure incurred at every stage of the case/issues in litigation. To reduce the number of pending cases, the Government should work on a mechanism to introduce a pre-litigation mediation process, so that avoidable cases can be prevented from reaching the courts and settle the issue effectively. It’s a step sine qua non to improve the judicial system in India”, highlights YBAI. The attention of the Court is also drawn to its own judgment from 2013 (K. Srinivas Rao v/s D.A. Deepa), wherein mediation centres pan India were directed to set up a pre-litigation facility in order to settle matrimonial disputes at pre-litigative stage. It is informed that despite such directions, only 3 High Courts out of a total of 25 High Courts and their benches across 28 States and 8 Union Territories have complied with the same. It is further submitted, that while the Apex Court showed some inclination towards setting up services for pre-litigation in matrimonial cases, there exists no “overarching framework for these services”. In this light, an institutionalized pre-litigation mediation model, capable of can supplementing the court-connected model, is prayed for.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

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Two senior Sotheby’s International players jump ship to Chestertons

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Two senior Sotheby’s International players jump ship to Chestertons previous nextAgencies & PeopleTwo senior Sotheby’s International players jump ship to ChestertonsJamie McMullan and David Russell’s arrival are part of Chestertons’ plans to expand and develop its existing franchise network.Nigel Lewis20th February 20200912 Views Chestertons’ recently-launched drive to expand and develop its existing franchised estate agency business took a step forward today following the appointment of two new big hitters to its team poached from Sothebys International.Jamie McMullan joins as Chief Operating Officer for UK & Europe Franchising and David Russell has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer for Global Franchising and New Homes.They join the growing team of franchising experts brought on board since Chestertons revealed its franchising plans in May last year, which include expansion in both the UK and Europe.Both McMullan and Russell are key hires because they were instrumental in the success of the Sotheby’s franchised global network of branches which is now a major player in the world prime property sector.International teamThe Chestertons team are an international lot; based in Dubai the team is spread around the world including International COO Gavin Vercoe who is in Germany, CEO Nick Whitty in the UAE, Jamie McMullan in London and David Russell in York and London.McMullan will be responsible for the roll-out of Chestertons’ franchise programme in the UK and Europe, while Russell will spearhead the strategic planning and execution of the brand’s global media programme to drive further awareness of the brand and its offices to prospective franchisees.Salah Mussa, Chairman of the Chestertons Group, says: “The fact that two hard-hitting hires have joined us from one of the world’s largest international real estate companies is representative of our direction of travel for the business.”David Russell Jamie McMullan Chestertons February 20, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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