Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul underlined the importance of mediation as an efficacious alternative mode of dispute resolution. Delivering the inaugural address on the inauguration of legal services clinic at Nagaland, Justice Kaul urged upon preferring mediation over litigation to ensure speedy disposal of pending cases and to deliver justice. Justice Kaul stated that the adversarial system could only decide who wins or loses a case, whereas mediation could get to the bottom of the dispute, resolve its genesis and bring about a holistic change and an amicable environment for resolution of dispute to the opposite parties. He further added that in a dispute, mediation prompts the parties to come up with a solution unlike in litigation where the solution is imposed on them.
Stressing on the need to encourage mediation at local level, he urged the law students involved in the legal aid clinic to spread legal awareness and ensure that mediation permeates to every nook and corner. He further added that this legal service clinic will provide a centre for practical and professional training for students of law.
A Legal services clinic was inaugurated at Patkai Christian College Seithekema: Chumoukedima, Nagaland on 11th December, 2022, Sunday by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Judge, Supreme Court of India & Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority in the gracious presence of the other dignitaries.
Justice Kaul highlighted that how a law school based legal aid clinics serves three basic purposes, first to impart practical understanding of legal practice among the students, second to generate awareness on legal rights, duties and social justice policies of the government and third to bridge the gap between the poor and vulnerable sections of our society and the justice system by assisting them in their legal issues.
The said legal service clinic is the 119th Legal Services Clinic established in the State of Nagaland by Dimapur District Legal Services Authority under the aegis of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority. The inauguration commenced with the playing of theme song followed by the address by Justice Songkhupchung Serto, Judge, Gauhati High Court & Chairman, High Court Legal Services Committee, Kohima and Justice Lanusungkum Jamir, Judge, Gauhati High Court & Executive Chairman, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority.
Vote of thanks was delivered by the Member Secretary, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority.