Mediation is now looked upon as the best Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism in India, providing easy, quick, cheap and effective justice to litigants. To give momentum to this divine alternative to litigation, Hon. Mr. Justice R.C. Lahoti
, the then Chief Justice of the India constituted a committee known as ‘Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee’ (MCPC)
on 9th May 2005, under the chairmanship of Hon. Mr. Justice N. Santhosh Hegde. After the retirement of Hon. Mr. Justice Hegde, the MCPC was reconstituted with Hon. Mr. Justice S.B. Sinha
as its Chairman.
Presently, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar is the chairman of MCPC.
The members of the committee are Hon. Mr. Justice Madan B. Lokur (Judge,
Supreme Court of India), Mr. P.P. Rao (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court),
Smt. Asha Menon (Member Secretary NALSA), and Smt.
Nisha Saxena(Member Secretary) (Additional Registrar , Supreme Court of India)
Hon. Mr. Justice Surinder Singh Nijjar
........... Hon. Mr. Js. Madan B. Lokur.....
..... Mr. P.P. Rao
The MCPC has prepared a training Manual and a uniform training curriculum to standardize and regulate the Mediation training methodology throughout India. Apart from the 40 hours training programs on “Techniques on Mediation”, MCPC conduct Awareness programs, Training programs for referral judges, Training for Trainers, and Orientation courses in Mediation. Successful Mediators are awarded the Certificate of Accreditation.
MCPC is in the process of implementing uniform Mediation Rules applicable throughout India.