New Delhi, Sep 10: To reduce pendency of cases in courts, the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), headed by senior-most Supreme Court judge Justice U U Lalit, will hold Lok Adalats across the country on September 11.
The Lok Adalats, which are organised by NALSA, could not be held on Saturday in Odisha, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka due to circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"In the wake of the pandemic, the National Lok Adalat will be organised through virtual and hybrid mode after observance of Covid protocols of respective states (and Union Territories),” according to a statement issued by NALSA.
For the four states, where the Lok Adalat could not be held, the statement said that for Odisha it will be held on September 19, Maharashtra and Goa on September 25, and Karnataka on September 30.
During this National Lok Adalat, a vast category of criminal compoundable cases and civil cases have been referred to benches by State Legal Services Authorities (SLSAs) and District Legal Services Authorities (DLSAs) for amicable settlement and disposal.
These include NI Act cases under Section 138, bank recovery cases, MACT cases, labour dispute cases, electricity, and water bills, matrimonial disputes, land acquisition cases, the statement said.
NALSA Executive Chairman Justice Lalit has insisted on SLSAs to settle maximum number of cases with utmost efficiency, it said.
Justice Lalit has also stressed upon various strategies for successfully conducting the National Lok Adalat with the aim to achieve greater success, the statement said.
NALSA has issued various directions to SLSAs and High Court Legal Services Committees (HCLSCs) to follow for the National Lok Adalat.
These include identifying a suitable number of cases wherein the element of settlement is prevalent and issuing notices to parties at the earliest through virtual e-services mode or physical mode for the National Lok Adalat, the statement said.