National Lok Adalat

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Overview:

National Lok Adalat will be held on 12 November across the country to dispose off pending cases through settlement.

About:

  • What is it? Lok Adalat is one of the alternative dispute redressal mechanisms, it is a forum where disputes/cases pending in the court of law or at pre-litigation stage are settled/ compromised amicably.
  • Who conducts? National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA) along with other Legal Services Institutions conducts Lok Adalats.
  • Status: Lok Adalats have been given statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
  • Appeal:
    • The award (decision) made by the Lok Adalats is deemed to be a decree of a civil court and is final and binding on all parties and no appeal against such an award lies before any court of law.
    • If the parties are not satisfied with the award of the Lok Adalat though there is no provision for an appeal against such an award, but they are free to initiate litigation by approaching the court of appropriate jurisdiction by filing a case by following the required procedure, in exercise of their right to litigate.
  • Fees: There is no court fee payable when a matter is filed in a Lok Adalat.
  • Nature of Cases to be Referred to Lok Adalat
    1. Any case pending before any court.
    2. Any dispute which has not been brought before any court and is likely to be filed before the court.

Provided that any matter relating to an offence not compoundable under the law shall not be settled in Lok Adalat.

 


Source : Mint