The National Legal Services Authority will organise a National Lok Adalat on Saturday to take up cases of the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) and insurance claims. The district court, Chandigarh, will also take up cases of traffic challans at the new court complex in Sector 43 on Saturday.
Four benches, headed by judicial officers, have been constituted to take up the cases pending as well as in pre-litigative stages.
Lal Chand, member secretary, State Legal Services Authority, UT, said that in order to help the litigant public, help desks would be set up by the State Legal Services Authority in the District Courts Complex, Chandigarh. He said that the twin objectives of organising the National Lok Adalat was to address the backlog of cases in the courts across India and to make the public aware of the benefits of the settlement of their disputes through the intervention of the Lok Adalat.
The award, he said, passed by the Lok Adalat is final, having no provision for appeal and fully enforceable like any other decree of the court passed after contest. He also pointed out that if the case is disposed of in the Lok Adalat through mutual settlement, the court fee is refunded to the party who had paid the same.
Lal Chand said that the National Lok Adalat pertaining to electricity, water, telephone and public utility disputes would be organised on May 11 at the Permanent Lok Adalat for Public Utility Services, Sector 17.
S K Aggarwal, District and Sessions Judge and chairman, District Legal Services Authority, has appealed to the litigant public to get benefit from the National Lok Adalat.
Designated court on traffic challans
The UT has also formed a designated court to cater to the traffic challans. Earlier, the area magistrate had been looking after the challans of their respective areas. Now a special court has been formed near the staff canteen which has been designated to look after the challans.
The duty magistrate is designated to look into the cases on a daily basis.
While the challans issued in the last few months have been transferred from the area magistrate court to the special court, older challans have been sent to the record room from where these will be slowly disbursed to the special court.
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