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Mediation: An effective mode of resolving disputes

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The Apex Court, High Court of Karnataka, as well as all other Courts from the District Judiciary are referring cases to Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC).  In District and Taluk places of the State, there are Mediation Centers with trained mediators, which are being monitored by concerned District and Karnataka State Legal Services Authority.
In the Court annexed Mediation Programme, the Courts would refer cases for mediation. Mediation is a non-adjudicatory and an informal process. The trained mediators would facilitate the parties to arrive at an amicable settlement in a congenial atmosphere. The litigants will participate voluntarily and they have a right of self determination.
Usually 60 days’ time is granted to them to resolve their disputes.It is free of cost and will be a win-win situation to both the parties.  Upon the parties reaching the settlement, the settlement agreement will be forwarded to the concerned Court and based on the same the Court would pass necessary orders.
In the mediation process, not only the litigants but their learned Advocates and relatives are requested to freely participate in resolving the dispute.  If the matter ends in compromise, the Court would also refund the Court Fee to the litigants as per the law.
The Master Trainers and Trainers of BMC have so far conducted various training programmes and have trained the advocates as mediators not only in our State, but also across the Country.
Bangalore Mediation Centre is an initiative of  High Court of Karnataka.  It commenced its work on 20th January, 2007 and shifted to ‘NyayaDegula’ Building in the month of June, 2007.
The Governing Body of BMC
Patron-in-Chief: Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee, Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Karnataka
President: Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar
Governors:  Justice S. Abdul Nazeer,  Justice Anand Byrareddy, Justice Ravi Malimath, Justice Aravind Kumar
Director: M.Chandrashekar Reddy
Dy. Director: Sunil A. Shettar
In BMC, there are more than 70 trained mediators.  Out of them, two are nominated as Co-ordinators- Prasad Subbanna and ShobhaPatil.
As envisaged under Section 89 of CPC, mediation is one of the Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanisms, and the Court after considering that there is an element of settlement in the pending case, would refer the matter for amicable resolution by way of mediation. The Apex Court in AFCON’scase, reported in (2010) 8 SCC 24, has laid down various guidelines with regard to mediation and also has directed the Courts to send cases for mediation, so that litigant public can have amicable resolution of their disputes.

Year      Mediated    Settled
2007    1421    771
2008    3571    2217
2009    3897    2634
2010    4010    2658
2011    4258    2905
2012    4860    3276
2013    5322    3535
2014    5432    3404
Jan to
Oct, 2015    4482    2697
37253    24097
All types of Matrimonial cases:
Year      Mediated    Settled
2007    199    144
2008    1475    1161
2009    2310    1857
2010    2540    1971
2011    2961    2365
2012    3624    2745
2013    4006    2972
2014    4271    2965
Jan to
Oct, 2015    3642    2406
25028    18586
All types of Original Suits
(property disputes):
Year       Mediated    Settled
2007    957    482
2008    1671    854
2009    1208    592
2010    1172    578
2011    868    406
2012    809    404
2013    931    432
2014    784    332
Jan to
Oct, 2015  482    187
8882    4267

Contact details
Address: Bangalore Mediation Centre, “NyayaDegula”, Ground Floor, H. Siddaiah Road, Bangalore – 560027.
[email protected]
Office: 080 – 22954656
Director: 080 – 22954655
Deputy Director : 080 – 22221515

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