New Delhi: On 9 January the Delhi high court mediation centre inaugurated a new building with 30 rooms. The building features a children’s waiting area, a psychologist’s room and a mediation centre for lawyers and disputants to take a breather.

Mediation refers to the process where two disputing parties sit down with a single lawyer to work out a resolution. The lawyer’s role is to facilitate the discussion rather than pass judgement.

However, mediation has been wildly successful. The average duration of cases is 5-6 sittings of three hours, with a success rate of 70%, and closed cases do not end up going back to court. Since 2006, the number of cases has grown from about 500 to nearly 3,000, and likely the number will only grow higher with the inception of the new building.

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