The adalats conducted by the District Legal Services Authority as part of the Alternative Dispute Redressal System (ADRS) for early settlement to disputes and to reduce pendency of cases in courts have done exceedingly well in 2012 resulting in disposal of 1,193 litigations and disbursement of Rs. 21.56 crore as compensation.

District Legal Services Authority conducts adalats every month on court holidays with the help of retired presiding officers from judiciary for amicable and mutually agreeable settlement of disputes. The adalats are conducted by S. Jagannathan, Sub-Judge and Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority for which the Chairman is Principal District Sessions Judge N. Authinathan.

It largely deals with motor vehicle accident cases, civil disputes, labour court disputes, family court disputes and Negotiable Instruments case disputes.

Compensation

During the last one year alone, the court had conducted 15 sittings taking up 1,868 motor vehicle accident cases and disposed of 954 of them, disbursing a compensation of Rs. 14.98 crore.

A sum of Rs.4.92 crore was disbursed while disposing of 37 of the 535 civil disputes. Similarly, the adalats also dealt with 160 labour court disputes and disposed of 111 of them settling a compensation of Rs. 84 lakh.

Of the 1,029 cases of cheque dishonour under Sec 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act, the court had disposed of 64 cases leading to a disbursement of Rs.81 lakh as settlement between the aggrieved parties. One of the mega adalats conducted during 2012 had 728 referred petitions of which 448 petitions were disposed of resulting in settlement of Rs.7.49 crore.

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