Dimapur, December 12: Nine motor accident claims cases were disposed off on Saturday during a National Lok Adalat sitting held in Dimapur District Court premises. All the disposed cases were Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) cases, which was pending before the Court.
The National Lok Adalat held today, under the aegis of the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA), was organized after a gap in view of the COVID pandemic. All the 9 cases taken up today were disposed off with a settlement amount of Rs 38,90,000.
Somet C Chang, CJM & Secretary Dimapur DLSA gave a brief introduction about the meaning of Lok Adalat and the role it plays.
During the last National Lok Adalat held on February 8, 159 cases, mostly at pre-litigative stage, were disposed with a total settlement amount of Rs 69,44,947. Altogether, 10 Lok Adalat sitting benches were constituted in 10 districts, set up within the premises of the District Court Buildings for settlement of various disputes by bringing compromise between the parties through conciliators and members presided over by one or two sitting Judicial Officer(s).
National Lok Adalat is organized on a quarterly basis with a view to provide platform for the people on the principle of serving justice on equal opportunity basis, compromise, conciliation and fair play. It is not at all a substitute to the present justice dispensation system, but rather a complimentary to achieve speedy justice and a binding resolution. Lok Adalat is less expensive than the regular court based litigation.
A person can bring a dispute or case before Lok Adalat for settlement if the dispute is not yet brought before any court; either party to the dispute may submit an application before the Chairperson (or) Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority expressing his/her desire to get the dispute settled in Lok Adalat. If the case is already pending before any Court/tribunal/authority or office, it may be got referred to Lok Adalat by filing a joint memo by both the parties to it or by filing an application by either party to it.
For pending cases in courts, Court may itself refer a case to Lok Adalat on its own if it considers the case to be fit for settlement in Lok Adalat. The litigants would get the same justice, which they get in the Court concerned. The litigants may get their disputes settled only when they are satisfied with the compromise proposed by the conciliators. If they are not satisfied, they are at liberty to proceed with their case before the Court concerned.
(Page News Service)