Thursday, February 9, 2023

NALSA: Promoting people friendly and people-centric Legal Aid system

Lok Adalat is basically a dispute redressal mechanisms, where disputes pending in the court of law or at pre-litigation stage are settled amicably.

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NALSA organised the second National Lok Adalat (NLA) for current calendar year 2022 today.

The Lok Adalat was successfully organised  both in physical and hybrid mode in 24 States/UTs across the country, under the aegis of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)

The Legal Services Authorities across the countries have recorded an unprecedented disposal figures during the last National Lok Adalats of 2021 and first NLA of 2022 under the able guidance of Hon’ble Executive Chairman, NALSA.

Justice Uday Umesh Lalit while speaking on the occasion stressed upon the need of an easy and accessible legal help to common men so that he is encouraged to actively participate in the the process. 

The Executive Chairman and the Supreme Court Judge Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, inaugurated the National Lok Adalat in the District Court Complex, Srinagar (J & K)

Justice Lalit was accompanied by Hon’ble Mr. Justice A.M. Magrey, Judge, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) & Ladakh and many other important officers of State Legal Service Authority of J&K.

Hon’ble Justice also interacted with litigants, specially the ones who belonged to poor class as they too are a chain in the society

Justice Lalit was god to see  a large of satisfied  litigants who expressed their happiness over Lok Adalat that settled their disputes within a short frame of time.

As the program progressed , the Hon’ble Mr. Justice U.U. Lalit gladly handed over a cheque of ₹ 1.2 crore to father of one of the victims of an accident who is in coma (unconsciousness) for last 4-5 years & struggling for survival.This is one of the many cheques that he gave. Many beneficiaries were glad to have their cheques of settlement given.

National Lok Adalat are held at regular intervals of 3 month, the best part is that in a single day Lok Adalat are held throughout the country.

What is worth noting is that this is held in all the courts till the Taluk Levels wherein pending and pre-litigation cases are taken.

This is die with a single  objective of disposing  cases in conciliatory manner.
As the courts are soon going for a small break during summer vacations, many High courts and District courts have already either preponed or rescheduled their Adalats.

To make the matters easy for common man, Maharashtra, Daman & Diu and Dadar & Nagar Haveli have successfully conducted the Lok Adalat on 07th May 2022 ,while Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands will organise on 26th June 2022.The state Goa is planning to organise a LokAdalat on 25th June 2022.

As per the figures received till the end of the programme ( till 5.00 P.M) about 56.82 lacs matters have been reported to be settled, which include 8.53 lacs pending cases and 48.29 lacs pre-litigation cases.

The total value of the settlement is reportedly ₹ 2648.43 crore. The said disposal would result into easing the burden of the pending cases.

Not only settlement of pending issues, NALSA has come up with easing the summer in North ,for which necessary arrangements for sheds like tents, water and other essentials were made by the Legal Services to ease the plight of common citizens.

The year goal and endeavour of NALSA this year is to focus on promoting people friendly and people centric Legal Aid system.

NALSA along with other Legal Services Institutions conducts Lok Adalat at regular intervals for disposal of civil and criminal compoundable criminal cases either pending or at pre-litigation stage whether before any Court or tribunal.

Lok Adalat is basically a dispute redressal mechanisms, where disputes/cases pending in the court of law or at pre-litigation stage are settled/ compromised amicably.

Lok Adalat have been given statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.

 Under the said Legal Services Authorities Act, the award decisions made by the Lok Adalats are 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.

The part that makes it easy for common man is that there is no court fee payable when a matter is filed in a Lok Adalat.
If a matter pending in the court of law is referred to the Lok Adalat and is settled subsequently, the court fee originally paid in the court on the complaints/petition is also refunded back to the parties.

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