//Judicial officers told to settle litigation through compromise

Judicial officers told to settle litigation through compromise

High Court Chief Justice says litigations will financially drain people

KASARAGOD: Chief Justice V.K. Bali has called upon judicial officers and lawyers to work for settling litigations through negotiation and conciliation.

Inaugurating Nyaya Seva Sadan, the newly built office and adalat hall of the District Legal Services Authority here on Saturday, Justice Bali said that often litigations would financially drain people involved in them and led to the suffering of their whole families. "The one who wins in the court loses financially and the one who loses is absolutely dead," he said adding that the judicial officers and lawyers should try their level best to settle litigations as far as possible.

"No country can totally escape litigation, but we must make our country completely free from litigation," the Chief Justice said adding that it was an ideal worth achieving. He said that settlement of disputes amicably would not leave any feelings of bitterness. A section of lawyers would feel that settlement of litigations would affect their career. But more and more lawyers were volunteering their services for the Legal Service Authority to settle litigations, he said. Advising the lawyers to pursue the ways of compromise, he said though they might lose some part of their income, they would get so much peace of mind that more money would not give them.

The Chief Justice said over 50 per cent of litigations in the courts were relating to trivial matters. The judicial officers should ask themselves whether their expertise in law was meant to decide those petty matters.

"You should identify those petty matters and make all efforts to settle them," he told the judicial officers present at the function.

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