‘Northeastern states have the potential to be litigation-free as here people settle most of their disputes through discussions at the local level itself,’ stated Madan B Lokur, a Supreme Court judge who was recently in Agartala.
‘Since people settle their disputes in a traditional manner, mediation is key here,’ explained Justice Lokur while inaugurating the ‘Regional Conference of Mediation’. The former Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court further asserted that he has experienced the process of mediation in tribal societies of the region. ‘A number of “litigation-free” districts exist in this region. Mediation is an alternative way to settle disputes pending in courts in accordance with Section 89 of the Code of Civil Procedure,’ he further pointed out, adding, ‘Besides, it will create a suitable environment in which disputing parties can resolve their differences.’
Echoing Lukor, Justice S Talapatra of Tripura High Court said, ‘Our generation is witnessing the sunset of mediation culture which kept the society together for centuries.’