Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Trial Courts of Pakistan: A Practical Approach Towards New Era of Timely Justice as a Means of ‘Justice for All’
Report of 8th Judicial Conference, Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (2018), Forthcoming
51 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2018
Date Written: May 5, 2018
The study of legal landscape establishes that there is a bouquet of ADR laws on our statute book since over a century. They have grown out of a single provision in the civil procedure code that originally provided arbitration regime for commercial disputes. Apart from civil disputes, some compoundable offences are also brought into the regime of amicable settlement. This paper discusses these laws, their domain and area of operation so that the courts, judges, lawyers and academia can test their potential to lessen the burden on mainstream courts. It will help legal actors to find their role in strengthening the alternative dispute resolution regime.
There is brief introduction to the newly created Mediation Centers in Punjab and the results of their work during the last one year.
Keywords: Mediation, ADR, Lahore, Pakistan, Lahore High Court, Mediation Center, Arbitration, compoundable offences, judges, courts, court referred mediation, court controlled mediation
JEL Classification: K40, K41, K36, K14, K34, K00
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