The justice dispensing system in India has come under great stress for several reasons, chief of them being the huge pendency of cases in courts underlining the need for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods. The Government of India thought it necessary to provide a new forum and procedure for resolving international and domestic disputes quickly.
The ICADR is an autonomous organization working under the aegis of the Ministry of Law & Justice, Govt. of India with its headquarters at New Delhi and Regional Centres at Hyderabad and Bangalore. The Regional Centres of ICADR are fully funded and supported by the respective State Governments.
The Chief Justice of India is the Patron of ICADR. At the regional level, the Chief Justice of the concerned High Court is the Patron of the Regional Centre of ICADR. His Excellency Dr. H.R.Bhardwaj,Governor of Karnataka (Forner Union Minister for Law & Justice, Government of India) is the Chairman of ICADR. The Governing Council of ICADR comprises of several eminent personalities drawn from various fields.