K.N. MURALI SANKAR
What's Lok Adalat?
The Judiciary ensures protection of people's rights. With alarming rise of litigation and pending cases in courts of law, it is becoming increasingly difficult to deliver timely justice. Against this background the concept of "Lok Adalat" was introduced in 1987. Immediate justice and reduction of work burden on the courts are the objectives of this new system that began amidst opposition from different quarters. The Lok Adalat has eased many a problem
In the initial days of Lok Adalat, there were several apprehensions on how it would work. Successful functioning Lok Adalat has cleared all the doubts. Lawyers are encouraging their clients to file petitions with the Lok Adalat for quick settlement of their cases. Lok Adalat is nothing but an open court, where the objective of the judges is to settle the case either by bringing about a compromise between plaintiff and respondent or by imposing fine on the guilty. It will be conducted at all designated areas and the legal services authority concerned announced the date of conduct of Lok Adalat for the benefit of litigant public. "Lok Adalat is a successful concept everywhere. In Vijayawada too, there is an increase in the number of cases being cleared in Lok Adalats every passing year," says D. Isaac Prabhakar, Metropolitan Sessions Judge. As many as 2,551 cases were resolved by conducting 296 Lok Adalats in the district between November 2005 and October 2006.