Need for introducing alternative dispute resolution courses in law edu of the country
Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed of DOT :
In Bangladesh, around 3.3 million cases are now pending with different courts. It is destined to reach a staggering figure of 5.0 million by 2020. There is only one judge for around 2,000 cases.
Therefore, there is need for introducing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) courses in law education in the country to promote the mechanism of dispute settlement for reducing pressure on the litigation system in the country. If ADR is being used as a vehicle to teach lawyers’ skills and process, then some of serious political and policy issues raised by wholesale exclusion of certain categories of cases from the court system might not be addressed. Researchers think that teaching and promoting ADR at undergraduate and university level is very important because it will promote a culture where litigation would not be preferred or promoted and will also change the mindset of people. Research also shows that ADR is a low-cost and less time-consuming dispute resolution process, which should be promoted to create a culture where litigation would not be preferred. In Bangladesh, we do not have ADR as a subject being taught at most of our universities. Experts also recommend inclusion of ADR courses at honours level of law at all the universities of the country. Law and policy makers have also realised the need for alternative measures where mediation has started to feature in a subtle but definitive way as well.
We hope soon effective measures will be taken in order to introduce ADR courses in law education in the country.
Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed, Advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court and Executive Editor, Daily Our Time.