National Lok Adalat held at Patiala, all types of cases, except non compoundable criminal cases dispose off
As per the directions of NALSA & Punjab State Legal Services Authority and under the supervision of Ms. Rupinderjit Chahal, Ld. District & Sessions Judge-cum- Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Patiala, National Lok Adalat pertaining to all types of cases (except non compoundable criminal cases) was held in District Patiala on 13.5.2023. On the eve of National Lok Adalat, 20 judicial benches including 13 in Patiala, 03 in Rajpura, 02 in Nabha and 02 in Samana were constituted in District Patiala. One bench was constituted in Revenue Court of District Patiala for settlement of maximum cases pertaining to mutation and partition etc. During this National Lok Adalat, 14178 cases were taken up under different categories and 5644 cases were settled through mutual compromise involving amount of Rs. 748074004/-
During this National Lok Adalat, Ms. Rupinderjit Chahal, Ld. District & Sessions Judge-cum-Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Patiala alongwith Ms. Manni Arora, Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Patiala visited the benches of this National Lok Adalat and encouraged the parties to settle their disputes amicably.
While telling about the benefits of Lok Adalats, Ms. Rupinderjit Chahal, Ld. District and Sessions Judge Patiala told that when a case is settled in Lok Adalat, its award becomes final and no appeal lies against it. Moreover, court fees (if any paid) is refunded to parties and parties to dispute get speedy disposal of their dispute and that too as per their own mutually settled terms. So, there is a win-win situation for both the parties. Primary objective of the Lok Adalat is to settle the disputes amicably through compromise, so as to save the time and money of the parties and to reduce personal enmity between them.
The important feature of National Lok Adalat was the settlement of 180 cases by two Family Court benches presided over by Ms. Lukhwinder Kaur Duggal, Ld. Principal Judge, Family Court, Patiala and Ms. Deepika Singh, Ld. Additional Principal Judge, Family court, Patiala. All these cases were related to matrimonial disputes which were amicably settled by the parties with the efforts of Presiding Officers and Members of the Lok Adalat Benches. Separated families were got reunited after the long period of litigation in the courts.