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Lok Adalat

Lok Adalat is a forum where the disputes/cases pending in the court of law or at pre-litigation stage are settled/compromised amicably. Lok Adalat has been given statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1997. An award made by the Lok Adalat is deemed to be decree of a civil court and is final and binding on all parties and no appeal lies before any court against it.



NATURE OF CASES TO BE REFERRED TO LOK ADALATS

i) Any case pending before any court.
ii) Any dispute which has not been brought before any court and is likely to be filed before any court.

Provided that any matter relating to an offence not compoundable under the law shall not be referred to/settled in Lok Adalat.



HOW TO GET THE CASE REFERRED TO THE LOK ADALAT FOR SETTLEMENT


A) Case pending before the courts:
i) If the parties agree to settle the dispute in Lok Adalat or
ii) One of the parties make an application to the court or
iii) The court is satisfied that the matter is an appropriate one for settlement in Lok Adalat.

B) Any dispute at pre-litigative stage

The State Legal Services Authority or District Legal Services Authority/Tehsil Legal Services Committee as the case may be on receipt of an application from any one of the parties to any pre-litigation stage matter refer such matter to the Lok Adalat for amicable settlement.

Functions / Duties

The Authority performs the functions as prescribed in the Legal Services Authorities Act 1997.

(ii) The powers and duties of its officers and employees.
The officers and employees discharge their functions as prescribed under State Legal Services Authority Rule 1998.

(iii) The procedure followed in the decision-making process, including channels of supervision and accountability.
As per the provisions of the Legal Services Authorities Act 1997 and State Legal Services Authority Rule 1998.

(iv) The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions.

The Authority is discharging its functions in accordance with the Legal Services Act 1997 and State Legal Services Authority Rules 1998.

(v) The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions.
a)The State Legal Services Authority Rule, 1998.
b)The Permanent Lok Adalat (Other Terms and Conditions of Appointment of Chairman and Other Persons).

Lok Adalats held since the Constitution of State Legal Service Authorities Act, 1997 i.e from Jan 1998 to Dec. 2016

FACTS & FIGURES


Year No of Lok-Adalats held MACT Cases Settled Total Cases settled including MACT Compensation awarded in MACT Cases
1998
79
576
2763
80985443.00
1999
89
302
2837
27731000.00
2000
132
331
3295
41169000.00
2001
122
239
2069
29737690.00
2002
148
494
2543
62844487.00
2003
234
633
4587
89759714.00
2004
213
527
3555
78779100.00
2005
295
571
3845
77289216.00
2006
376
604
28523
111851640.00
2007
341
756
7415
42381998.00
2008
287
775
12521
136547600.00
2009
287
801
16254
144299777.00
2010
333
551
16582
133961269.00
2011
516
559
13474
120683780.00
2012
569
515
10883
139070999
2013
597
1033
63659
321402112
2014
545
924
132044
355525145
2015
538
1020
108792
835971145
2016
391
740
41377
286127476
2017
62
162
12935
54103000
Total
6154
12113
489953
3269951591
(Rs. 326.99 Crore)

MACT Cases Settled = 12113
Total Cases settled including MACT= 489953
Compensation awarded in MACT Cases =326.99 Crore


Special Lok Adalats held for Earthquake victims of 8th oct 2005 in the J&K State


S.No Name of the District No. of Lok Adalats held Cases Settled Compensation Awarded(Rs in Crores)
1
Kupwara
19
1685
70135000.00
2
Baramulla
34
2335
161904390.00
3
Poonch
26
6621
75989900.00
  Total 79 10641 308029290.00

Compensation Awarded= Rupees Thirty Crore Eighty lacs Twenty nine thousand two hundred ninty only
Cases Settled = Ten Thousand six hundred forty one only