MONTHLY LOK ADALAT
Punjab State Legal Services Authority has introduced a new system of holding of Monthly Lok Adalats w.e.f. February 2011, in all the Judicial Courts on every last working Saturday of the month. A similar system of holding such Lok Adalats on last working Friday of the month has also been introduced in Labour Tribunals and Consumer Disputes Redressal Forums in the State. The previous system of holding quarterly Lok Adalats has been discontinued and the litigants have benefited a lot from the Monthly Lok Adalats as now they don’t have to wait for three months for disposal of their case. The prime objective of Lok Adalats is to settle the disputes amicably through compromise so as to save the time and money of the parties and to reduce personal enmity between them. Except non compoundable Criminal Cases, all kind of cases even at pre-litigative stage can be brought before the Lok Adalat for amicable settlement.
SPECIAL LOK ADALAT
As per the section 19 of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 the State Authority is organizing Special Lok Adalat for specific cases i.e. Negotiable Instrument Act, Family Court, MGNREGA, Petty Criminal Cases, MACT, Revenue, Consumer, cases relating to Women & Children etc.
MEGA LOK ADALAT
In Mega Lok Adalat all kind of cases pending in various Courts of Districts i.e. Revenue Court, Consumer Court, Criminal Court, Civil Court and Tribunals/Commissions and pre-litigative cases are taken up. Lok Adalat Benches are constituted for entire District. As per 13th Finance Commission the State Authority shall hold 10 Mega Lok Adalats in each year during the period of year 2010-15.
BENEFIT OF LOK ADALATS
- Speedy and economical justice.
- Award of Lok Adalat has force of Civil Court decree.
- No appeal lies against the award,
- Decisions are final.
- On decision, entire Court fee is refunded to the party.
- The decisions are taken with the consent of the parties.