Lok adalats or people’s courts help ease the burden of the regular court by settling pending cases in their jurisdiction. These courts settle disputes such as traffic accidents, divorce settlements and so forth.
The lok adalat aims at fast and fair resolution, and is not as strict as the regular court regarding application of the law. Both parties in a case must agree to use the lok adalat, and no fees are charged. If the case is already pending in the court, court fees are refunded if the case is settled in the lok adalat.
“A total of 5,055 cases were settled today and an amount of Rs 1,90,17,557 was realised [in the settlements] in different cases,” said district judge Ramesh Tiwari, who is also the head of District Legal Services Authority.
Two more mini lok adalat will be held on April 15 and April 22.