Panchayati Raj institutions should take the initiative in settling disputes at the local body level, Kerala High Court judge T.R. Ramachandran Nair has said.

Such out-of-the-court interventions would help reduce the burden on courts, he said while inaugurating a legal awareness programme for elected representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions at the Chinmaya Thejus auditorium here on Saturday.

Local bodies should also take the lead in finding solutions to issues that affected society, like the problems posed by the piling up of garbage, he said.

The Legal Services Authorities that came into being through an Act passed by Parliament in 1987 to ensure ‘equal justice to all' could not achieve the desired results due to lack of much-needed public awareness.

The other objectives envisaged were providing free legal assistance, finding solutions to legal disputes, hosting of ‘lok adalats,' and creating legal awareness among all sections of society, District Judge T.V. Mammootty said.

As many as 650 delegates attended. Mr. Mommootty presided over the session. District panchayat president P.P. Shyamala Devi; District Collector V.N. Jithendran; and Kasaragod Bar Association president U.S. Balan addressed the gathering.

  • Call for out-of-court interventions

  • ‘Need for awareness of legal service authorities'