Pune: To ease the burden of litigations on the courts, a counselling centre will come up at the Servants Of India Society at the Gokhale Institute.
The first of its kind legal counselling centre to settle legal matters, except criminal cases, will work in cooperation with the Mumbai High Court (HC) from July this year.
Talking to Sakal Times, former president of the Society, Aatmanad Mishra said, “Most of the times people go to the courts over paltry issues, which can be amicably settled with intervention from legal advisors outside the court. But since there is no such facility available, the number of cases pile up in the courts.”
“The Mumbai High Court favours having a counselling centre to avoid the cases that come adding to the burden and increasing the pendency of cases,” Mishra said.
This centre will work for settling the cases amicably outside the court. HC would refer cases to them or people can also come to them directly, he said adding that it won’t be a subordinate centre of the HC and will not work under it.
“We are in talks with HC Judge Mrudula Phansalkar-Joshi who wants such centres which will reduce the burden on the courts and also bind society together in these testing times,” Mishra said.
This centre will function as a ‘panch’, wherein the agitating parties will be given a solution so that the dispute can be settled amicably.
“We are in the planning stage and the centre will be opened by July,” Mishra said, adding that several such centres will come up in the country. “Servants Of India Society established by the late Gokhale should come into the limelight,” he said.
“The panch would include legal advisors like district or additional judges, advocates, income tax commissioner and other such people who have a reputation in society,” he said. After an amicable solution is reached between the agitating parties, it will be legally binding, Mishra added.