Mary Stevens
in Civil Law
Asked August 14, 2017

Concepts of Lok Adalat

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Hello Sir, need answers around Lok Adalat(LA) Justice System;Address of LA Court; Procedure to approach/register; Cost; Time frame for procedure;Can we talk to the judge,directly;Do we need lawyers intervention;how long will it take for judgement? What is procedure after judgement. Quick response is highly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer 1

You may file an application before a Lok Adalat in two circumstances:

1. Any case pending before any court. 

2. Any dispute which has not been brought before any court and is likely to be filed before the court.

Any party to a dispute can move an application to the court where their matter may be pending during either of the above mentioned stages. Consent of both the parties is essential for deciding cases in a Lok Adalat. It can not be forced on any party that the matter has to be decided by the Lok Adalat. However, once the parties agree that the matter has to be decided by the Lok Adalat, then the award passed becomes binding on the parties and there is no option for an appeal. 

There is no court fee payable when a matter is filed in a Lok Adalat. If a matter pending in the court of law is referred to the Lok Adalat and is settled subsequently, the court fee originally paid in the court on the complaints/petition is also refunded to the parties. The persons deciding the cases in the Lok Adalats,  the  Members of the Lok Adalats, have the role of statutory conciliators only and do not have any judicial role; therefore they can only persuade the parties to come to a conclusion for settling the dispute outside the court in the Lok Adalat and shall not pressurize or coerce any of the parties to compromise or settle cases or matters either directly or indirectly. The Lok Adalat shall not decide the matter so referred at its own instance, instead the same would be decided on the basis of the compromise or settlement between the parties. The members shall assist the parties in an independent and impartial manner in their attempt to reach amicable settlement of their dispute. For this,  the parties need not necessarily appoint an advocate and can directly communicate with the Judges during the proceeding. 

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