In the third bi-monthly National Lok Adalat for the year 2017, claims of about Rs. 2100 crores have been settled. Held on 8 July, the Lok Adalat was organized under the patronage of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar, and under the leadership of Justice Dipak Misra, who is the Executive Chairmen of the National Legal Services Authority.
As per a press release, the Lok Adalat witnessed settling of more than 7.1 lakh cases, including 3.98 lakhs pending and 3.12 lakhs pre-litigation cases.
The disposal, it said, is almost equal to the disposal by all Courts throughout the country in approximately 18 days.
What is a Lok Adalat?
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. Lok Adalats have been given statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
Under the said Act, 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.
NALSA along with other Legal Services Institutions conducts Lok Adalats