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Friday, March 13, 2009

Kiran Bedi proposes community informal courts

I found the following news item quite interesting. 
Community Informal Courts so much like what prevails in most parts of the country as 'community / caste courts'. The institutions have not been recognized by the legal system and have always been seen as a threat. However, it cannot be denied that they have faster justice dispensing mechanism and the judgement is implemented without much ado. It would be interesting to track responses to this statement, particularly from the practitioners of law, whose careers would be the most directly threatened. 
Kiran Bedi proposes community informal courts
New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) Police officer-turned-TV anchor Kiran Bedi Thursday proposed informal courts for communities like Residents Welfare Associations (RWA) to resolve small issues amicably without being dragged to higher courts.

'Whether it's a fight over parking space or losing your pet dog, you run to the police for every small thing. The police is already so overburdened with terrorism and crime cases, and such cases simply add to their burden,' said Bedi, the first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.

'To solve such cases promptly and amicably between parties without dragging them to higher courts, RWAs should set up their own Lok Adalats (people's courts),' Bedi told reporters here.

'In fact, I think colleges and even schools should start having their own Lok Adalats to solve problems,' said Bedi, who anchors a popular TV show on Star Plus, 'Aap Ki Kacheri', an alternate dispute redressal forum.

Bedi said it should be taken care that the panel in such informal courts should consist of 'an elderly citizen, a woman and a youth to give a balanced judgement'.

'Also the panel should change at regular intervals to ensure no partiality of justice,' she suggested.

Bedi was here to announce the second innings of 'Aap Ki Kacheri'.

The show sees parties involved in domestic disputes come forth and put their points across to Bedi who encourages a discussion to reach a conclusion. In its first season as an alternate dispute redressal forum, the show saw 52 cases being resolved.

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