National Lok Adalat held across State

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Dimapur, April 22: National Lok Adalat Benches constituted across Nagaland took up 300 cases and disposed of a total of 203 cases, mostly at pre-litigative stage. The total settlement amount involved in the disposed cases was Rs 80,40,489. Altogether, 10 Lok Adalat sitting benches were constituted in ten districts held within the premises of the District Court buildings.
The cases referred and taken up for settlement were dealt on bank recovery cases, traffic related matters, Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) cases and also a few cases on petty criminal already pending before the subordinate courts.
A release issued by Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) said the Lok Adalat could take up and dispose of a significant number of cases during the proceedings with the efforts put up by the officials of the District Legal Services Authorities and cooperation from the officials of commercial banks, financial institution, insurance companies, traffic police and amenable participation by the litigants and debating parties.
NSLSA informed some of the districts after due approval from the central authority observed National Lok Adalat sittings prior to the scheduled date for conveniences sake on account of the fact that the fixed date falls on Sunday and that the authority feels the absence of amenable appearance by the litigants and parties may impede on the success of the Lok Adalat dispute settlement. This is because Lok Adalat mechanism achieves its outcome with certain elements involved such as participation, fairness, expectations, voluntariness, neighbourliness, transparency and lack of animosity.
Earlier, as part of the pre-Lok Adalat preparation, District Legal Services Authorities organised awareness programmes with the aim to encourage and apprise the public on the benefits of settling dispute through Lok Adalat and also ensuring that all the informed parties are present for settlement on National Lok Adalat Day. Judicial officers presided over the Lok Adalat proceedings and the panel lawyers served as conciliators along with the para legal volunteers who acted as members. The proceedings were also conducted in local dialects for convenience of the uneducated litigants without stressing much on legal technicalities.
Lok Adalats have been given statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Under the Act, the award (decision) made by the Lok Adalats is equivalent to a decree of a civil court and is final and binding with no further appeal to be entertained before any court of law. If no settlement is arrived at the Lok Adalat, the parties can continue with court proceedings.
NSLSA informed that Lok Adalat is the fastest and simplest mode for resolving disputes by a methods known as Alternate Dispute Redressal Mechanism (ADR) like with direct talks between the litigants or parties amicably and conciliation. The system of Lok Adalat is free of cost with no court fee and no lawyers fee is payable by the litigants.
This type of National Lok Adalat is held at regular intervals throughout the country and the State Legal Services Authorities act as the implementing agency which is statutory bodies constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987.
(Page News Service)