Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel on Thursday inaugurated the first Mediation Centre set up in the Supreme Court and the Patan Appellate Court with support from the USAID.
Addressing a function organised on the SC premises, CJ Paudel stressed the importance of mediation in the delivery of justice. "Mediation helps people to get justice on time. It (mediation) is a system in which both the parties to a dispute feel that they are not losers," the Chief Justice said, adding, "Now people will get justice quickly, as the apex court has officially opened a mediation centre."
Paudel said that the manual prepared by the Supreme Court would be followed by all the courts while implementing the mediation process.
Seniormost Justice Kedar Prasad Giri expressed the hope that the mediation centre would be successful in providing justice to the people and the judiciary would be able to protect the rights.
Stating that mediation will be prioritised in all the courts, Justice Min Bahadur Rayamajhi said the judges should be honest and refrain themselves from all types of irregularities. He asked everyone to support the mediation centre.
US ambassador to Nepal, James F Moriarty, said the mediation centre will be able to accomplish its job successfully only if lawyers support it. "To date, the Nepal Bar Association (NBA) has supported it. We hope that the support will continue and that the NBA will work with the judges to ensure that mediation is an important part of Nepal's legal system," he said.
Chief of the ARD Rule of Law Project Frederick G Yeager and NBA president Shambhu Thapa called on judges and lawyers to make mediation process a success in order to provide timely justice to the people.