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National Lok Adalat in 11 districts settle 78 cases

National Lok Adalat in 11 districts settle 78 cases
A Lok Adalat in progress at the Dimapur District Court Premises on March 9.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/14/2019 11:51:30 AM IST

Along with the rest of the nation, National Lok Adalats (People’s courts) were conducted in district headquarters of the state with 11 Lok Adalat benches, by the District Legal Services Authorities March 9. 

The Lok Adalats endeavoured to resolve disputes and cases by methods of amicable and compromise settlement known as Alternate Dispute Redressal Mechanism (ADR).

A press release by Nodal Officer for National Lok Adalat, Nungsang C Jamir, stated that the National Lok Adalat on Saturday took up 538 cases for settlement and disposed of 78 cases in the jurisdiction of the Lok Adalat. The total settlement amount involved in the disposed cases was rupees 87,48,367. 

The release added that a settlement amount is the amount mutually agreed to payment amount between the litigants (or) parties involved in a dispute where the parties after compromise arrive at an agreed amount to settle the disputes for damage caused or payment through amicably negotiated amount on a claim by a party. Settlement amount also includes fine money, bank recovery, compensation, etc involved in the disposed cases.

The Lok Adalat Benches was headed by the district judges, Chief Judicial Magistrate and civil judges as presiding officers and the retainer lawyers (or) panel lawyers as conciliators along with para legal volunteers as members.

The Lok Adalat sittings were held within the premises of district court buildings. Earlier, necessary communications and summons were sent out to the parties and litigants to encourage them to come forward and settle their disputes/cases through the Lok Adalat. Litigants and parties were also explained the mechanism and benefit of Lok Adalat and that they need not worry about getting entangled in serious legal feuds as appearing before the Lok Adalat was only an effort at settling disputes amicably.

This type of Lok Adalats are held at regular intervals which has allowed citizens settle their disputes free of cost across the State. The next National Lok Adalat is scheduled to be held on July 13, this year.

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