With the increase in population and resultant increase in the litigation, any amount of increase of number of courts or the infrastructure will not be able to effectively handle the present litigation system. Unfortunately we do not have any mechanism or system of resolution of disputes outside the courts. It is in this scenario that resort to alternative methods of disputes is indispensable in a country like ours.
The government being equally concerned about its responsibility and also the alarming situation of the explosion of cases in the courts resulting in gradual loss of confidence in the system of the public has thought of to develop a mechanism of resolution of some type of disputes without resorting to the court or the police. It is primarily to control further increase of the litigation in the courts and to develop a sustained and durable mechanism of resolution of disputes that the Society in the name of Delhi Dispute Resolution Society (Delhi Vivad Samadhan Samiti) has been established by the Government. With this, the Government has institutionalized the concept of resolution of disputes through alternative and appropriate methods. These alternative methods will include settlement of some types of disputes through the Mediation Centers to be established by the Society in all the districts in Delhi. The primary focus of the Society is on the community mediation, consumer affairs disputes, inter-departmental cases, etc. The breadth of services to be provided is as under
noise, nuisance, destruction of property, fencing, parking pets, interpersonal etc.
parent/child, parenting (child custody/visitation/support), child welfare etc. adult guardianship, restitution, divorce, domestic violence, maintenance etc.
special education, peer (student/ student), minor complaints, corrections etc.
consumer/merchant, small claims, business relations, workplace, bad cheques, accidental compensation etc.
human rights, police/citizen, petty criminal, victim/offender, disabilities, cross-cultural, religious/charitable, multi party etc.
The Society proposes to establish one main centre in all the districts and various sub centers depending upon the needs of different areas to provide the first forum for resolution of disputes to the parties before they resort to any other remedy of police or the courts.
How to approach the Society:
Any person who has any of the grievances mentioned above can approach any of the Mediation Centers as per their convenience