National Lok Adalat held on pan–India basis across UTs of J&K and Ladakh
‘83,316 cases resolved, Rs 128.70 crore settled’
SRINAGAR: J&K and Ladakh Legal Services Authorities organized National Lok Adalat throughout the UTs of J&K and Ladakh, today under the dynamic leadership of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Chief Justice and Patron-in-Chief, J&K and Ladakh Legal Services Authorities and under the guidance of Justice Sanjeev Kumar, Executive Chairman, Ladakh Legal Services Authority and Justice Sindhu Sharma, Chairperson, High Court Legal Services Committee.
In order to have maximum response and settlements between the parties in cases like MACT, matrimonial, cheque bounce cases under NI Act, Money recovery cases, etc., it was advised to organize pre-Lok Adalat sittings or pre-counseling sessions well before the date of National Lok Adalat so that parties may get one or more chances for entering into negotiation/dialogue with the opposite parties.
Apart from this, webinars were organized to sensitize the officers of Legal Services Authorities/Committees, Panel Lawyers, and PLVs about the importance of Lok Adalat as a mode for Alternate Dispute Resolution.
Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, Chief Justice and Patron-in-Chief, J&K Legal Services Authority inaugurated the National Lok Adalat in District Court Complex Jammu. Thereafter, Justice Magrey, inspected different benches of the National Lok Adalat in the District Court Complex as well as in the Srinagar Wing of the High Court to have first-hand information about the cases being taken up and disposed of in the National Lok Adalat.
As per the information received from the districts, out of a total number of 94,839 cases taken up by 119 Benches in the day-long National Lok Adalat at various courts across the UT of J&K, 83,082 Cases were disposed of and an amount of Rs. 128,62,87,728/- was awarded as compensation/settlement amount in civil, criminal, labour disputes, Electricity and Water Bills cases, Land Acquisition, Family matters, cheque dishonor and Bank Recovery cases. Likewise in Ladakh a total of 256 Cases were taken up by 8 benches and 234 cases were disposed of and an amount of Rs. 6,84,355/- was awarded as compensation/settlement amount in civil, criminal, labour disputes, Electricity and Water Bills cases, Land Acquisition, Family matters, cheque dishonor and Bank Recovery cases.
Member Secretary, J&K Legal Services Authority, M.K.Sharma thanked all the participants including the Judicial Officers, Secretaries DLSA’s, Advocates, representatives of insurance companies & banks, staff of the courts & Legal Services Institutions & litigants for their pragmatic approach in the settlement of cases in such a large number.