Only seven cases settled thru reconciliation

Pokhara, January 26

Only seven cases registered at Kaski District Court were settled through reconciliation this fiscal.

The district court had recommended a 62 cases for settlement through reconciliation. Most of these cases were related to dispute over ancestral property and financial transactions, among others, informed Dinbandhu Baral, a staffer at the district court.

Though judges refer cases to the reconciliation centre for settlement within 15-30 days, most of such cases return to the court again. Last year, 50 legal professionals were deployed at the centre.

This year, the number has gone down to 21.

The Supreme Court has sent a circular to all courts across the country to settle cases through mutual agreement as far as possible. But, legal professionals have been provoking the plaintiffs not to reconcile, locals said.

A lawyer said the legal practitioners did not want to settle cases through reconciliation as it earned them a nominal fee. Baral, however, claimed that 70 per cent cases were settled through mutual agreement every year.

“Of a total 2,100 cases, we have settled 985 through reconciliation in the current fiscal,” he said, adding that the number of cases registered at the court through District Administration Office was increasing.