New Delhi, February 13: Over 3.5 lakh cases have been settled in the National Lok Adalat held at all levels ranging from district courts to high courts across the country on Saturday. Notably, The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has organised the National Lok Adalat throughout the country in all courts at all levels from the District Courts to High Courts.
"As per the figures received till 5.00 PM, more than 3.5 lakh cases, including 1.9 lakh pending and 1.6 lakh pre-litigation cases, have been settled. The total value of the settlement amount reached today is Rs 1,185 crores," NALSA said in a press statement.
"The National Lok Adalat greatly benefited the common man and it has been achieved because of the legal services authorities/committees and the cooperation of the state governments and local administration, apart from the financial institutions. "The aim is to reduce pendency as well as prevent additional litigation swathing the courts, where settlements are possible," the statement added.
NALSA also informed that the exercise has resulted in a great success due to the efforts put in by the State Legal Services Authorities across the country as well as the High Court Legal Services Committees.
The National Lok Adalat, organised by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) along with the respective State Legal Services Authorities, dealt with cases ranging from criminal, compoundable, recovery, cheque bounce, motor accident claims, family and matrimonial disputes, labour disputes, land acquisition, sales tax, income tax and others. Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar is the patron of NALSA and Justice Dipak Misra is its executive Chairman.
Interestingly, 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. From February 2015, National Lok Adalats are being held on a specific subject matter every month.