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Lok Adalat to sit online on Aug 1, 56,000 cases to settle

ByNadeem Inamdar
Jul 29, 2021 09:11 PM IST

Pune: As many as 56,000 litigations will be taken up for dispute resolution during the forthcoming Lok Adalat scheduled online on August 1

Pune: As many as 56,000 litigations will be taken up for dispute resolution during the forthcoming Lok Adalat scheduled online on August 1. The initiative is undertaken after more than a year as it had to be postponed due to the Covid situation. The Lok Adalat will ensure that the litigants are present online on different social media platforms like WhatsApp where a live discussion over the litigation would be done.

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District Legal Services Authority secretary Pratap Sawant said the Lok Adalat will take place under the guidance of the district judge and forty panels had been formed to the effect. “The online Lok Adalat system is being done to stop crowding of physical space in courts. The email and phone numbers of the litigants have sent to Sama company which is assisting us with the online conduct of the programme. Currently, the company has got 4,500 litigation details available with it for disposal,” he said.

The parties can present their cases online through various medium. Pune District Legal Service Authority will be conducting the Lok Adalat.

According to the National Legal Services Authority, Lok Adalat is an alternative dispute redressal mechanism. It is a forum where disputes/cases pending in the court of law or at pre-litigation stage are settled/compromised amicably. It has got 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. There is no court fee payable when a matter is filed in a Lok Adalat.

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