October 1, 2013 2:33:40 am
In a written communication to members of the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA),UT Chandigarh,the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA ),Ministry of Law and Justice has appreciated the work being done by SLSA member secretaries to ensure the success of Lok Adalats in promoting amicable and quick disposal of cases.
It had already been decided in a meeting on August 23,attended by two High Court judges,Chandigarh District and Sessions Judge (DSJ) S K Aggarwal and Lal Chand,a SLSA member,that in order to dispose off cases of traffic challans category a special sitting of Magistrate(s) would be held on Sundays during the months of October and November.
However,apart from disposing off cases pertaining to traffic challans at the Lok Adalat to be held on Sundays,the Judges of district court,Chandigarh will also identify cases referred for resolution to National Lok Adalat to be held on November 23.
The cases that will be taken up by the Lok Adalats will be related to compoundable offenses,cases related to Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT),negotiable instrument act,matrimonial disputes and revenue matters. Also,cases related to the labour law will be taken up by the court.
As per available information,electricity theft matters,governed by Electricity Act 2003,may also be taken up in the National Lok Adalat,both at pending as well as pre-litigation stage.
At a video conferencing on September 21,members of the Legal Service Authorities exchanged ideas that could be adopted to reduce the pendency by referring maximum cases to National Lok Adalat and ensure that cases are resolved amicably and to the satisfaction of all parties.
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