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DSLSA ORGANISES FIRST ONLINE LOK ADALAT

DSLSA ORGANISES FIRST ONLINE LOK ADALAT

Context

Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) organised the first-ever online Lok Adalat.

Details

  • It was organised under the guidance of Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel, Chief Justice, Delhi High Court.
  • In this E-Lok Adalat, cases related to Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) disputes, civil recovery matters, cases of Electricity Act were taken up and settled, by providing technical support from SAMA - an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform recognised by Department of Justice for resolving disputes through online Video Conferencing.
  • 77 Benches were constituted in which a total of 5,838 cases were disposed of at District Courts of Delhi.

About Lok Adalats

  • It is among one of the alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.
  • It is a forum where disputes/cases pending in the court of law or at the pre-litigation stage are settled/ compromised amicably.
  • It has been conferred with the statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
  • As per the Act, 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.
  • If parties are not satisfied with the award of the Lok Adalat though there is no provision for an appeal against such an award.
  • The Lok Adalats are free to initiate litigation by approaching the court of appropriate jurisdiction by filing a case by following the required procedure, in the exercise of their right to litigate.

Nature of Cases to be referred to as Lok Adalat

  • Cases pending before any court can be taken up by Lok Adalat.
  • 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.

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