In a mammoth exercise to settle 39 lakh pending cases, Supreme Court Chief Justice P Sathasivam on Saturday inaugurated a day-long National Lok Adalat where for the first time cases are being taken up simultaneously all over the country for settlement.
The Lok Adalats are taking place in the Supreme Court, 24 high courts and all the district courts of the country.
Inaugurating the National Lok Adalat, Chief Justice Sathasivam said that the main object of the adalat was to ensure speedy justice to the litigants and to make sure that there were no further appeals.
He described resolution of disputes through the Lok Adalat as cost-effective and providing easy access to justice.
The cases that will be settled Saturday include motor-accident claims, matrimonial disputes, labour disputes, cheque bouncing and traffic challans.
The chief justice urged the presiding judges to ensure that parties to the settlement of the cases are not intimidated or compromised while arriving at a settlement.