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Second National Lok Adalat Settles 1.25 Crore Cases in a Day
Dec 13, 2014

The second National Lok Adalat held across India on 6 December involving the Supreme Court, 24 high courts, districts courts and taluka-level courts saw the settlement of a record number of 1.25 crore cases, that also resulted in reducing the pendency of cases by about nine percent.

According to National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), which organised the National Lok Adalat, "Approximately, 1.25 crore cases, as per details available so far, which include pending and pre-litigation cases, have been settled. The immediate impact of this has been in the reduction of pendency averaging about nine percent across all states.”

Election-bound Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand also participated in the countrywide exercise. However, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa could not take part.

The Supreme Court saw the settlement of 28 of 53 cases put up for settlement before it. In some cases, cheques were handed out at the time of settlement itself. The settlement across the country also saw citizens receiving over Rs.3,000 crore in aggregate.

The cases involved family disputes, matrimonial cases, motor accident claims, bank recoveries, petty criminal matters, revenue matters, disbursements under MNREGA and others involving welfare schemes.

Out-of-court settlements of disputes through Lok Adalats was not just inexpensive and expeditious, it was a win-win situation for the contesting parties as there were no winners or losers. The amicable settlement of disputes helps society at large as after the settlement, the parties nurture no grouse against each other and are ready to work together again.

Disputes involving business partners, when resolved mutually through Lok Adalats, leaves a scope that such people can once again come together for a new venture and all this helps the society.

Compared to the first national Lok Adalat, the ambit of the second Lok Adalat was enlarged to include revenue cases.

 


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