The Legal Services Authorities all over the country, under the leadership of Hon’blue Mr. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Executive Chairman organised the fourth National Lok Adalat of the year 2021.
The Lok Adalat was organised across the country in 35 States and union territories on December 11th in both virtual and hybrid mode. The event was backed by National Services Authority (NALSA). The NALSA settled over 29 lakh cases on Saturday.
“In certain states, the National Lok Adalat was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the respective high courts and the executive chairpersons of the concerned SLSAs. During the day, the executive chairpersons of all SLSAs monitored the ongoing activities in their respective states. Moreover, in some states, the judges of high courts visited their respective administrative district judgeship and motivated all the stakeholders.”NALSA.
Till 4:00 pm on 11th December, 72.45 lakhs cases were taken up out of which 18.23 lakhs cases were pre-litigation cases and 10.76 lakh cases were pending cases. Over 29 lakh cases were disposed off. This is a huge achievement for the Legal Services Authorities. Huge contribution and participation by the stakeholders made the huge disposal possible.
“Over 29 lakhs cases were disposed of till last reports were received, indicating a huge achievement and success for the legal services authorities. It was on account of the keen participation by the stakeholders that the legal services authorities have been able to achieve this huge disposal.”
NALSA decided to organise National Lok Adalats as the number of pending cases have surged due to the Covid-19 pandemic. NALSA organised prior consultative and review meetings with all the State Legal Services Authorities, the outcome of such huge level of planning reflected positively on the disposal figures which were recorded during the National Lok Adalats conducted earlier this year.
Justice UU Lalit organised two consultative and review meetings where he discussed various strategies to successfully dispose of maximum cases.
Meetings were conducted with various stakeholders across every level with an objective to ensure full participation and contribution of the stakeholders.
He also directed the authorities to follow a litigant friendly approach to settle the cases. He highlighted certain areas of law having greater possibilities of settlement such as NI Act cases, Bank recovery cases, labour disputes, Motor accident crimes, matrimonial cases along with other financially related cases.
Justice UU Lalit also sought help of retired Judicial officers. He utilised their services as the presiding officers of National Lok Adalats. The National Lok Adalats were inaugurated by the Chief Justices of the respective High Courts and the Executive Chairpersons of the concerned.
The Executive Chairpersons of all the Lok Adalats monitored the activities of the Lok Adalats. They visited their respective Administrative District Judgeship and motivated all the stakeholders and made it possible to dispose of 29 lakh cases.
The authorities also followed strict Covid-19 protocol prevalent in the States and the Union territories as per the guidelines issued by the Central Government as well as State Governments.