Lok Adalat

The system of Lok Adalat has become so popular that many government departments like the Telephone Department and the Electricity Board have begun to hold Lok Adalats for solving cases. It is important to organize Lok Adalats as they tend to promote social justice and solve pending cases.

Lok Adalat

  • Lok Adalat means ‘court of the people’. It gives legal help and quick justice to people who cannot engage lawyers or bear the cost of legal proceedings.
  • The judges of the Lok Adalat are actually counsellors. Lok Adalats are helped by the Legal Aid Committees and help people to solve cases through mutual understanding. They help the opposing parties to reach a compromise and agree with each other.
  • The first Lok Adalat was held in Delhi on 6 October 1985.
  • The Legal Services Authorities Act passed in 1987 directs the state governments to organize Lok Adalats from time to time.

Advantages of Lok Adalats

  • Give quick and inexpensive justice
  • Help opposing parties to reach a compromise, creating an environment of goodwill
  • Clear backlog of cases
  • Reduce the workload of higher courts

The system of Lok Adalat has become so popular that many government departments like the Telephone Department and the Electricity Board have begun to hold Lok Adalats for solving cases. It is important to organize Lok Adalats as they tend to promote social justice and solve pending cases.

Family courts have also been set up in cities that have a population of more than 10 lakhs. It has been recommended by the Parliamentary Committee to set up one family court in every city.


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