What is Lok Adalat and its Objective?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Lok Adalat is a legal institution governed by the Supreme Court of India. This group was founded in 1987 and continues to retain the same value now. The fundamental goal of a Lok Adalat is ‘reconciliation’ or ‘negotiation’ in cases that have been languishing in courts for a long time and may be handled in a peaceful or civil way by bringing both sides to a common ground.

Lok Adalat

A Lok Adalat is also known as ‘people’s court’. The system proudly follows Gandhian principles. The first Lok Adalat was held in Gujarat in 1982. The Lok Adalat, often known as the “people’s court,” has a lengthy history and was established as an “alternative conflict settlement mechanism.”

The Lok Adalat takes up matters that have been pending for a long time in courts or panchayats and can be settled peacefully by getting both opposing parties together and providing certain terms and conditions.

Objectives of the Lok Adalat

The main objectives of the Lok Adalat are:

  • To provide an alternative to the mainstream judicial system.
  • To pace up the legal process and provide fast justice to the needy.
  • To reach a fair solution or compromise between the parties.

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