A significant practical step in the development of ADR in India was evidenced in September 2008 by the Delhi Mediation Centre becoming the latest member of the Asian Mediation Association (AMA). This builds on a 2002 amendment to the Indian Civil Procedure Code which attempted to increase the number of mandatory references of litigants by the Indian courts to mediation, conciliation or arbitration proceedings, as well as incentivising such litigants to resolve their differences by refunding any prior court fees paid. Law Commission of India Report 222 dated April 2009 endorsed increased utilisation of the 2002 amendment and emphasised the need for speedy dispensation of justice through mediation and conciliation. Back to top