Dimapur, March 9: National Lok Adalat (Peoples Court) was conducted in all the District Headquarters of the state constituting 11 Lok Adalat Benches.
The District Legal Services Authorities organised the programme on March 9 along with the rest of the nation to resolve disputes and cases by methods of amicable and compromise settlement known as Alternate Dispute Redressal Mechanism (ADR).
Today’s National Lok Adalat could take up a total of 538 cases for settlement and dispose of a total of 78 cases before the jurisdiction of the Lok Adalat. The total settlement amount involved in the disposed cases amounts to Rs. 87,48,367 only.
Settlement Amount is the amount mutually agreed for payment between the litigants (or) parties involved in a dispute where the parties after compromise arrive at a willing amount to settle the disputes for the damaged caused or payment through amicably negotiated amount on a claim by a party. Settlement amount also includes the fine money, Bank recovery money, compensation money, etc involved in the disposed cases.
The Lok Adalat Benches was headed by the District judges, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Civil Judges who acted as presiding officers and the Retainer Lawyers (or) Panel Lawyers acting as conciliators along with the Para legal Volunteers who acted as members.
The Lok Adalat sittings were held within the premises of the District Court Buildings and prior to the holding of Lok Adalat, necessary communications and summons were reached out to the parties and litigants encouraging them to come forward and settle their disputes/cases through the forum of Lok Adalat. The litigants & parties were also apprised on the mechanism and benefit of Lok Adalat and that they need not worry about getting into serious Legal matters as appearing before the Lok Adalat is only to try for settling a dispute amicably among themselves.
Nagaland State Legal Services Authority is the implementing Nodal Agency vested with the jurisdiction to organize and conducts National Lok Adalat (Peoples’ Court) under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. This type of Lok Adalat is held at regular intervals which has benefited the citizens with the privilege of settling their disputes at free of cost all across the State.
The next National Lok Adalat is scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 13.
(Page News Service)