Disposes cases amounting to more than two crore
Kohima, July 8 (MExN): The National Lok Adalat (people’s Court) was observed today, across the State in all the District Headquarters, organised by District Legal Services Authorities in all district headquarters. Cases were mostly dealt on Banking matters, u/s 138 NI Act and Recovery suits.
Lok Adalat Nodal Officer, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority, Kohima informed in a press release that a total of 219 cases were taken up for settlement, among which 132 cases, mostly at pre-litigative stage were disposed of on the same day. The total settlement amount involved in the disposed cases amounts to Rs. 2,56,78,784/- (Rupees Two crore fifty six lakh seventy eight thousand seven hundred eighty four) only.
The Lok Adalat Nodal Officer also stated that Lok Adalat sittings and proceedings were conducted by Legal services institution to provide speedy justice and also to ease up the case pendency in the District & Sessions Courts. Sittings were carried out at the respective District Court Buildings and also at suitable places arranged accordingly for convenience. In some cases, the proceedings were conducted in local dialects overcoming the barrier of illiteracy. The Principal District & Sessions Judges, Chief Judicial Magistrates and Civil Judges appointed as Presiding Officers were assisted by the Panel Lawyers, Retainer Lawyers, Legal Aid Counsels, Police personnel, Bank officials and Para Legal Volunteers serving as conciliators.
The Lok Adalat (The Peoples Court) is for speedy and amicable settlement of cases based on the concept of conciliated settlement of disputes. There is no further appeal once the matter is settled in Lok Adalat. Both the Parties negotiate for settlement and resolved their cases on the spot and on immediate basis. The system of Lok Adalat minimizes litigation expenditure and there are no court fee charges in Lok Adalat. The parties can get their disputes settled fast and free of cost.
The National Lok Adalat is held bimonthly throughout the country and are administered by the respective State Legal Services Authorities which are statutory bodies constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987.