National Lok Adalat to be organized on Sep 10 in Dehradun
A National Lok Adalat will be held on September 10 to settle compoundable criminal cases pending in the courts of Dehradun district.
According to Kuldeep Sharma, secretary of district legal service authority (DLSA), the National Lok Adalat is being organized on the directions of National Legal Service Authority (NLSA) to settle pending compoundable criminal cases.
According to section 320 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973, certain criminal cases in trial can be settled with mutual agreement between the complainant and the accused.
The National Lok Adalat will be organized in the courts in Dehradun, Rishikesh, Chakrata and Vikasnagar.
What is a Lok Adalat?
Lok Adalats (people’s courts) settle dispute through conciliation and compromise.They Accept cases pending in regular court under their jurisdiction. The Lok Adalat is presided over by a sitting or retired judicial officer as the chairman, with two other members, usually a lawyer and a social worker. Main condition of the Lok Adalat is that both parties in dispute should agree for settlement. There is no court fee. If the case is already filed in the regular court, the fee paid will be refunded if the dispute is settled at the Lok Adalat. The procedural laws and the Evidence Act are not strictly followed while assessing the merits of the claim by the Lok Adalat