On 25 November 2009, in a renewed effort to promote alternate dispute resolution centres within the country, the Chief Justice of India opened the first Indian court annexed arbitration centre in New Delhi. The Delhi High Court Arbitration Centre (the Centre) is autonomous with representatives of the judiciary, bar and the government as part of its governing structure.
The High Court has put together the applicable arbitration rules for the Centre and has already referred at least three cases for resolution. The Chief Justice of India noted that the Centre would be "closely watched" and measured for success with the objective of replicating the model at other High Courts.
This development follows the establishment of similar mediation centres at the district courts in Delhi in 2005. The mediation centres are reported to have handled close to 23,631 cases to date with a success rate of around 72%.
In a further boost for arbitration and mediation in India, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), after a prolonged period of inactivity in India, is seeking to revive its India chapter under the Chairmanship of Delhi Senior Counsel Lalit Bhasin who is also the Chairman of the Society of Indian Law firms (SILF).