Lok Adalat - Head, Composition, and Benefits
- One alternative dispute resolution method is a Lok Adalat.
- Lok Adalats are conducted by the National Legal Services Authority and other Legal Services Institutions.
- It is where matters or disagreements that cannot be resolved in a court of law are amicably resolved.
What does it consist of?
- There is a chairperson, two members, and a social worker in the Lok Adalat.
- The chairman must be a judge, either now serving or recently retired.
- The other two should both be attorneys.
Benefits of Lok Adalats
- The Indian Evidence Act of 1872 and the Code of Civil Procedure, both from 1908, do not have rigid applicability.
- The flexibility is why the Lok Adalats move quickly.
- Following the filing of a joint compromise petition, the Lok Adalat's award has the same legal standing as a civil court judgment.
- The verdict has legal force.
- If the disagreement is resolved at Lok Adalat, there is no court charge, and if one has been paid, the money will be returned.
Who is the head of Lok Adalat?
A Chairman who is a member of the judiciary is the head of Lok Adalat.