Maha Lok Adalats reduce pendency

As the district legal services authority (DLSA) gears up for another Maha Lok Adalat on March 3, statistics show a sharp reduction in pendency by as many as 7.95 lakh cases in the state.

In Nagpur courts alone, the adalats helped settle 1.46 lakh cases in the last four episodes.

Overall, about 1.23 lakh cases were settled in the first episode on February 6, 2011. The second episode on September 18 the same year resolved 2.13 lakh cases, while the third episode on March 4 last year settled as many as 2.43 lakh cases. However, the number was reduced to 2.15 lakh in the fourth episode on September 16 last year.

Nagpur DLSA secretary and senior civil judge Kishore Jaiswal said Maha Lok Adalats evoked overwhelming response from litigants as these were conducted simultaneously in 32 districts. "One cannot challenge settlement of a Maha Lok Adalat and this helps reduce pendency in higher judiciary," he said.

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