Under the aegis of Committee for Sensitization of Family Court Matters, headed by Justice Sunita Agarwal, Judge, Allahabad High Court, two days workshop for the Principal Judges and Additional Principal Judges, Family Court (Lucknow Cluster) was organized at JTRI on 29th and 30th April, 2023, in which about 28 Principal Judges and Additional Principal Judges, Family Court from the districts Bahraich, Bareilly, Hardoi, Lakhimpure Kheri, Lucknow, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Shravasti and Sitapur participated.
This Two-day workshop was organized to sensitized the participating Family Court Judges on the concept and techniques of Mediation. The inaugural session of the two days workshop was held on 29th April, 2023 from 09.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. in the Aalok Lecture Hall of JTRI. The workshop was inaugurated by Justice Sangeeta Chandra, Judge, Allahabad High Court at Lucknow & Member, Committee for Sensitization of Family Court Matters. Hon’ble Judge in Her inaugural speech said that mediation play a vital role in the quick and effective disposal of matrimonial matters. Differences turn into disagreements and disagreements into conflicts which leads to violence sometimes. The techniques of mediation help to reduce the conflict and the pains of litigation.
The workshop started with the history and objective of Family Court’s Law and its Perception. The issue of conflict management and resolution was explained by the resource persons (Mediation Trainers, MCPC, Supreme Court) Sri Anoop Kumar Srivastava, Sri Niraj Upadhyay, Ms. Rajlakshmi Sinha and Sri Sandeep Saxena. On the first day in pre-lunch session the Historical Perspective of ADR and its Relevance with special reference to Section 89 CPC was discussed. The Type of ADR and its difference with other judicial process was also discussed. The speakers elaborated the benefit of mediation. In the post lunch session, role play was enacted in order to sensitize the participating judges and to bring about the intricacies involved in the process of mediation. The concept of mediation process along with its various stages and purposes was deliberated upon in detail. Every human interaction involves the skill of communication. The concept and process of communication was explained by using interacting methodology.
In the second day of workshop, the aspects of Effective & Ineffective Communication along with Barriers to communication were discussed. Negotiation, its style and skills was also impressed upon. Bargaining and Impasse: Definition and Causes along with stages was also discussed in the sessions. The resource persons sensitized the participants with practical inputs.
Last session was the concluding session which was presided over by Justice Sangeeta Chandra, Judge, Allahabad High Court at Lucknow & Member, Committee for Sensitization of Family Court Matters and Justice Sadhna Rani (Thakur), Judge, Allahabad High Court & Member, Committee for Sensitization of Family Court Matters. Justice Sangeeta Chandra impressed upon the negotiating tactics and the importance of role play for the training of judges. Justice Sadhna Rani (Thakur) emphasized on the need of mediation considering the huge pendency of cases, evolving and understanding the techniques of mediation, role of mediators.