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. The Lok Adalat has been given statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Under the said Act, the award made by the Lok Adalats is deemed to be the decree of a civil court and is final and binding on all parties. No appeal lies before any court against its award.
NATURE OF CASES TO BE REFERRED TO LOK ADALAT
1.) Any compoundable cases pending before court
2.) Any dispute which has not been brought before any court and is likely to be filed before the court. Provided that any matter relating to an offence not compoundable under the law shall not be settled in Lok Adalat.
HOW TO GET THE CASE REFERRED TO THE LOK ADALAT FOR SETTLEMENT
A) Case pending before the court
1.) If the parties agree to settle the dispute in Lok Adalat or.
2.) One of the parties makes an application to the court or .
3.) The court is satisfied that 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 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
  • Permanent Lok Adalat:
  • Permanent Lok Adalat is organized under Section 22-B of The Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Permanent Lok Adalats have been set up as permanent bodies with a Chairman and two members for providing compulsory pre-litigative mechanism for conciliation and settlement of cases relating to Public Utility Services like transport, postal, telegraph etc. Here, even if the parties fail to reach to a settlement, the Permanent Lok Adalat gets jurisdiction to decide the dispute, provided, the dispute does not relate to any offence. Further, the Award of the Permanent Lok Adalat is final and binding on all the parties. The jurisdiction of the Permanent Lok Adalats is upto Rs. One Crore. Here if the parties fail to reach to a settlement, the Permanent Lok Adalat has the jurisdiction to decide the case. The award of the Permanent Lok Adalat is final and binding upon the parties. The Lok Adalat may conduct the proceedings in such a manner as it considers appropriate, taking into account the circumstances of the case, wishes of the parties like requests to hear oral statements, speedy settlement of dispute etc.

  • Continuous LokAdalat:
  • A LokAdalat bench sits continuously for a set number of days to facilitate settlements by deferring unsettled matters to the next date and encouraging parties to reflect on the terms of the mutually accepted settlement before actual settlement.

  • Mobile LokAdalat:
  • These are organised by taking the LokAdalat set up in a Multi-utility van to different areas for resolving petty cases and also spreading legal awareness in the area.

  • Mega LokAdalat:
  • This is organised in the State on a single day in all courts of the State.

  • National LokAdalat:
  • National Level Lok Adalats are held for at regular intervals where on a single day Lok Adalats are held throughout the country, in all the courts right from the Supreme Court till the Taluk Levels wherein cases are disposed off in huge numbers.