The Allahabad High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre (AHMCC) was inaugurated on 6.10.2006 by Hon’ble Mr.Justice Markandey Katju. Hon’ble the Chief Justice has approved the charter for functioning of the AHCMCC providing for Advisory Committee, Supervisory Committee and Organising Committee and the manner in which the AHCMCC would function providing the statutory basis. Hon’ble the Chief Justice is the Chief Patron of the AHCMCC. So far the AHCMCC has functioned on the costs imposed by Hon’ble Courts. The High Court has requested the AHCMCC to function under the aegis of State Legal Services Authority with full functional autonomy.
The first introductory mediation training workshop was organized on 7th and 8th of October,2006 conducted by Sriram Panchu, Senior Advocate, Madras High Court and his associates Gita Rameshan and Aparna Vasu. Mediation demonstration was performed by the trainers for the benefit of the trainees. Further, the AHCMCC from time to time has organized training, advanced training, workshops conducted by Sri Niranjan Bhatt, Senior Advocate, Gujrat High Court, Dr. Ajit Narain Tripathi, former Professor, Banaras Hindu University and at present Co-ordinator of the Malviya Centre for value studies, Sri Braja Bihari Dass, Hon’ble Ms. Justice Manju Goel (Retd) Mr.A.S.Chandiok, Senior Advocate, Mr.J.P. Singh, Senior Advocate, Mr. Ram Chandran, Advocate, Delhi High Court. Recently, 03 Senior Mediators of AHCMCC attended a training session at Bangalore Mediation Centre which had been sponsored by the Bangalore Mediation Centre alongwith the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives(FSRI of California, USA). The training was imparted by Rebecca Westerfield and Bruce Edwards of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services(JAMS) including Victor Schachter, the President of FSRI and Partner in the law firm of Fenwick and West, LLP in California in which while emphasis was placed on commercial mediation, other subject areas were addressed as well.
ACTIVITIES OF MEDIATION CENTRE
The AHCMCC receives cases/references for mediation not only from the Allahabad High Court but also from the Supreme Court of India..
A refresher workshop was conducted by Shri Sriram Panchu, Senior Advocate, Madras High Court for the first batch of mediators on 28th April, 2007 with a view to refresh the concept of mediation and its various processes in their minds.
An in-House Training Workshop for the second batch of 26 mediators had been conducted on 15th and 16th September 2007. Further the AHCMCC organized an advanced training workshop on ‘Promises and challenges of the Mediation’ on the 22nd and 23rd December 2007 conducted by Sri Niranjan Bhatt, Senior Advocate, Gujrat High Court which refined and polished skills of the mediators.
An in-house training workshop was also conducted for the third batch of mediators on 19th and 20th January 2008. On 19th January 2008, the first newsletter of AHCMCC was released by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Markandey Katju, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Hon’ble Mr. Justice H. L. Gokhale, the then Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court. Till date the centre has released 12 newsletters of AHCMCC. The Centre has also prepared team of well skilled trainer/mediators which on invitation visited the Uttarkhand High Court at Nainital on 26th and 27th April 2008, to impart training to first batch of mediators of Uttarakhand High Court, Uttarakhand.
The AHCMCC conducted a seminar for the lawyer mediators of the Allahabad High Court on 15th June 2008 at Allahabad High Court with focus on ethics and confidentiality in mediation. The do’s and don’ts of the mediation process were emphasized at the seminar.
The AHCMCC organized workshop on ‘Ethics and Human Values in Mediation’ by Dr. Ajit Narain Tripathi, M.Tech from IIT Kharagpur and Ph.D. from the University of Wales, former Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University and at present Co-ordinator of the Malviya Centre for value studies.
To create awareness about the process of mediation, one of the trainer Mediators of AHCMCC has conducted awareness progamme in 68 district judgeships of Uttar Pradesh. Awareness Programmes have also been conducted by the Mediators of AHCMCC for the Advocates of the High Court Bar.
The AHCMCC organized a two day advanced training workshop for the lawyer mediators focused on communication skills, conducted by Sri Braja Bihari Dass(Brian Bloch), Director, ISKCONResolve, ISKCON’s conflict management system, on 30th and 31st August 2008. Sri Braj Bihari Dass avidly instructed about the opening statements, role play, summarizing, agenda setting, exploration of issues, handling impasse, joint session and private session, generating options and the eventual agreement/closure. A two day workshop was held on 27th and 28th September 2008 by Hon’ble Ms. Justice Manju Goel (Retd) and Mr. A.S.Chandiok, Senior Advocate,, Mr.J.P. Singh, Senior Advocate, Mrs. Sadhana Ram Chandran, Advocate, Delhi High Court. The trainer-mediators of AHCMCC imparted in depth in-house training to 4th batch of lawyer- mediators on 13th and 14th December 2008. The lawyer-mediators of Allahabad High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre visited Deen Dayal Institute situated at district Chitrakoot on 10th and 11th April 2010. An Advanced Training Programme of 4th Batch of Mediators was conducted on 24-25 July, 2010, which concluded on 23rd August, 2010. The Centre organized 40 hrs. training of 35 advocates constituting the 5th batch of Mediators. A Seminar/group discussion on Questionnaire on Law Commission of India with regard to Sec. 498-A I.P.C. was conducted under the aegis of AHCMCC on 21.05.11 at the Drummond Road Guest House.
On (19/20)/05/12 and (26/27)/05/12 as per request of the District Judge, Mau, trainer/Mediators of AHCMCC imparted training to Advocate/Mediators of Mau Judgeship. On 28/05/12, 26 Ld. Mediators of the 2nd and 3rd batch, who have undergone advanced course, 40 hrs. training and completed more than 50 effective mediations including 10 successful mediations were accredited as Mediators by the High Court. On 29/07/12, Workshop was organized for Mediators alongwith Secretaries of the District Legal Services Committee of 06 judgeships namely-Pratapgarh, Bhadohi, Fatehpur, Allahabad, Kaushambi, Varanasi at Drummond Road Guest House. Training was imparted at the conference hall of the Centre to Advocates of Fatehpur, Varanasi and Kaushambi Judgeships on 18/08/12 and 19/08/12 and again on 25/08/12 and 26/08/12 by the trainer-mediators of AHCMCC.
On 29.09.12, a meeting was organized by Sri Jayant Banerji presided over by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sunil Ambwani in memory of internationally acclaimed and renowned mediator, Late Roger Fisher author of ‘Getting to Yes’.
The Allahabad High Court Mediation & Conciliation Centre have started internship for law students on Mediation since 2009 and till date, more than 900 law students have interned at the Centre.
Keeping in view the participation of women in the policy and decision making process in all walks of life, a special batch of 26 lady advocates of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad were inducted as advocate mediator and have been imparted 40 hours necessary training in the techniques of mediation. The lady advocate mediators are actively attending and participating in the mediation proceedings.