Resolve Without Litigation (RWL) Has Rejuvenated Its ODR Discussion Forum

We first discussed about online dispute resolution (ODR) in 2004 and ironically it was an international platform where we shared our views. That is because in 2004 ODR was not known in India except among a very limited number of people.

We waited up to 2010 and the position remained same. That is the year when PTLB launched a Blog titled Techno Legal Online Dispute Resolution Services outlining our unique and exclusive techno legal ODR services. We managed this service through the website of Perry4Law and simultaneously opened the ODR blog to spread awareness about ODR in India.

In 2012 we launched a dedicated website on online dispute resolution (ODR) in India and since then we have launched many ODR projects each with different objective and purpose. We also launched India’s exclusive ODR discussion forum in 2012 and we have been continuously updating it from time to time. In the latest initiative, we have completely rejuvenated the ODR discussion forum.

However, the moment it was updated and rejuvenated we were flooded with spam accounts. First we disabled self registration process for our forum and made the registration subject to administrator’s approval. But the spam accounts kept on increasing and even if they were subject to our approval they kept on clogging our resources. After much deliberation, we completely disabled registration process and now registration at our forum is based on “invitation” or “request” basis.

We understand that this would make the forum unavailable to general public but we are preparing for the larger event that would make India a hub for institutionalised arbitration and institutionalised ODR destination. We apologise for this inconvenience but we welcome national and international stakeholders working in the field of ODR to register at our forum. They can contact us at this blog or at Twitter handles of @_PTLB, @RWLIndia, @DigitalIndiaLaw, etc.

If you are an ODR expert empanelled at the portal of RWL, you can request for your account registration at ODR forum of RWL while submitting your empanelment application.

To know what type of discussion we would have on the ODR forum, please see the Guide that we have created for our users that they can use to get justice within 2-5 minutes of their time.

As we have a target of making India a hub for international commercial arbitration, institutionalised arbitration, ADR and ODR training, institutionalised ODR leader, etc, we intend to work very seriously and very hard on the forum and other portals. If you are following our tweets at Twitter, you can get all the information that can be really beneficial for you and your organisation.

With this article we are now working to fill the ODR forum with information that would be unique and of tremendous value to national and international stakeholders.

Thanks for your patience and time.

Support Access To Justice Project Of Resolve Without Litigation (RWL)

Access to justice and judicial reforms are on the agenda of Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) since 2004. In order to achieve the same we introduced many innovative techno legal projects. One of such projects is Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) upon which we have been working since 2004. In order to ensure access to justice for people of India we launched two seperate ODR portals.

The first one is a Pro Bono ODR Portal that was launched few years back. It has fought for the rights and justice of many Indians. In continuation of our efforts, we have also drafted a Guide for national and international stakeholders. As per this initiative, it only takes 5 minutes to get access to justice to any stakeholder from any part of the world that too free of cost.

However, for reasons unknown, government departments like CGPDTM India are trying to kill this innovative project. We have already brought this fact within the knowledge of Shri. Suresh Prabhu, DIPP, etc but so far no investigation has been undertaken by Narendra Modi government in this regard.

We are not only fighting against this strange act of BJP government but are also trying to ascertain why CGPDTM India did this at the first place. Irrespective of whatever happens to the Trademark of Resolve Without Litigation (RWL) and other projects, access to justice and empowerment of national and international stakeholders would not stop.

We request national and international stakeholders to support our access to justice project so that Human Rights and other rights of stakeholders cannot be compromised at the mere wish of government.

We are not requesting any monetray help but do expect national and international stakeholders to use this Pro Bono ODR Portal and do not allow government to compromise their rights. Of course, any absolutely voluntary donation is most welcome as per these terms.

National Litigation Policy Of India Would Fail Without Use Of ODR And E-Courts

 

NLP, ODR And E-Courts

Why is it that legal and judicial system in India is in such a bad shape? The answer lies in lack of awareness, knowledge and use of techno legal policies to strengthen Indian judicial system. As a result cases keep on piling up and judiciary is not able to cope up with the ever increasing pressure and getting justice becomes a nightmare for general public.

Justice delayed is justice denied is an old saying now as we are directly denying justice these days. People are not getting access to justice and delayed justice is an option only after we get access to justice. Access to justice for marginalised people in India is even in worst condition and they have accepted injustice as part of their fate and lives.

Disputes and litigation have so much increased in India that they have overburdened our judicial system. Courts are struggling hard to cover the backlog of cases but the backlog keeps on increasing on a daily basis. This is primarily because of bad policies and administrative inefficiencies working at the government levels. For instance, why is it required for the government to even litigate when it is clearly on the wrong side of the law? Even if a decision is given against the government in such cases, it engages in unnecessarily appeals to further delay the desired relief to the victim.

We at Perry4Law Organisation (P4LO) believe that 90% of the government litigation and 95% of its appeals are redundant and not required at the first instance. But government is not doing anything in this regard and this is unnecessarily overburdening the courts in India.

Many of such disputes can be either avoided or they can be resolved without litigation (RWL). Information and communication technology (ICT) can play a significant role in this regard as ICT can not only prevent unnecessary cases from entering into the judicial system but it can also eliminate the vices like bench hunting. Access to justice for marginalised people in India can also be enhanced using ICT. It is clear that ICT is going to play a major role in the governance of India.

But ICT for development (ICT4D) is not possible till we use proper technology in the best possible manner. For instance, if we unconstitutionally demand Aadhaar for filing a case, that violates not only Articles 14, 19 and 21 of Indian Constitution but that would also result in failure of justice. Technology should enable masses and not exclude them from the justice delivery system. As on date people are denied access to justice right from the stage of commission of crime. For instance, if a police station asks for Aadhaar and rejects a valid driving licence or passport for filing of FIR, it is violating multiple Fundamental Rights and statutory rights of the victim. But this is happening openly in India and victims are denied justice even at the level of law enforcement.

As far as Judiciary is concerned, the concepts of online dispute resolution (ODR) and electronic courts (e-courts) must be essential part of the justice delivery system. Both ODR and e-courts must also be part of the national litigation policy of India (NLPI) as well. In short, legal enablement of ICT systems in India is need of the hour.

Unfortunately, till the month of December 2017 we are still waiting for the establishment of first e-court of India. In fact, the e-courts project of India received a major blow in the past when the e-committee refused to record proceedings at the courts in audio and video formats. Similarly, India has not used ODR for dispute resolution purposes so far.

We at Perry4Law Organisation and Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) strongly recommend that ODR and e-courts must be integral and essential part of any amended Arbitration law and NLPI in future. Otherwise, justice would become a myth in India very soon.