Nearly 60,000 pending cases in various courts in the State are expected to be settled through the Mega Lok Adalat of the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority.

Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Ashok G. Nijagannavar, member-secretary of the authority, said that the exercise is being taken up on the direction of the National Legal Services Authority.

The event will be inaugurated on Saturday at the Karnataka High Court, and it will be simultaneously held in the districts.

Mr. Nijagannavar said that there are about 12 lakh pending cases in the courts in the State and 90,000 had been identified as having the potential for settlement through arbitration. Of them, 60,000 were nearing settlement, he added.

Giving out statistics on the work done by the authority from 1997 till date, Mr. Nijagannavar said that 23,923 people had been given legal aid and 1.40 lakh people provided legal advice. As many as 99,168 Lok Adalats have been organised so far.

Between April 2012 and August 2013, 1.18 lakh cases have been disposed of in Lok Adalats. Legal aid was given to 614 prison inmates in the same period.

Mr. Nijagannavar said that in 2011, a Mega Lok Adalat disposed of 59,743 cases in the State.

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