National Lok Adalat in Pune district settles over 1 lakh cases, highest in Maharashtra | Pune News
National Lok Adalat held at the Pune district and sessions court on Saturday disposed of more than 1 lakh pre-litigation and post-litigation cases, the highest for any district in Maharashtra, according to officials.
A total of 2,88,563 cases were taken up for settlement in the Pune district, and 1,10,192 of them were settled, awarding over Rs 396 crores.
According to officials, 133 benches were constituted in the Pune district to resolve the cases in judicial proceedings. Out of the total cases disposed of, 79,956 were pre-litigation cases (resolved before any formal legal complaints in regular courts), and 30,236 were post-litigation cases.
Secretary of Pune District Legal Services Authority (PDSLA)Sonal Patil said the primary goal of Lok Adalat is to quickly and cost-effectively readdress the wide range of civil, criminal and compoundable cases, which lowers the burden of the formal judicial system.
“One judge often can handle a maximum of 15 cases in a month, and disposal of 30 thousand post-litigate cases in a day has not just saved time and money but has also lightened the overloaded cases pending in courts,” she said.
As per officials, the National Lok Adalat in Maharashtra, with 1,182 benches, successfully adjudicated 497,271 cases, including 118,108 post-litigation and 379,163 pre-litigation cases.
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Patil said, “Most of these cases drag over several years. Initially, a case commences in a lower court, and then the unsatisfied party with the decision appeals to the high court and then to the Supreme Court. Our single resettlement case in Lok Adalat has saved the duration and amount required to resolve three cases in the future.”
She added that the state and judiciary work on the principles of equity, fairness and justice. The voluntary negotiations between the parties in the Lok Adalat first saved the expenses of the parties’ spending on lawyers. Secondly, the resolution of these long-running cases had avoided the big complaint of delay in justice.
“People get reasonable opportunities to come to a mutually agreeable solution, thus avoiding disputes. It was a win-win situation day,” the PDLSA secretary said.
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