Parties will be actively encouraged to consider alternative methods of dispute resolution: CJ Menon
Parties in cases will be actively encouraged to consider settling their disputes outside of court, said Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon on Friday. This will help them save both time and legal fees.
Speaking at the Opening on the Legal Year ceremony, he shared various initiatives to improve case management in the Supreme Court.
"Of course, alternative methods of dispute resolution remain voluntary, but parties will henceforth be actively encouraged to consider (them) whenever it may be appropriate...(they) may even be required to attend pre-trial conferences with their counsel to discuss the cost implications, before proceeding to trial."
He added that a panel of retired judges would be set up to conduct mediations and non-binding neutral evaluations of cases to this end.