Chandigarh, July 10 (MNN) A national Lok Adalat was organised on Saturday throughout Punjab as per Covid guidelines through physical as well as virtual modes, in which nearly 50,000 cases were taken up by 339 benches.
A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for virtual Lok Adalat was circulated to all the District Legal Services Authorities in State of Punjab, for the purpose of convenience of the Lok Adalat benches, advocates as well as the litigants.
Awards were pronounced in many cases with the consent of the parties involved. As per the provisions of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, the court fee was ordered to be refunded in such cases.
The event was held under the guidance of Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge Ajay Tewari, who is Executive Chairman, Punjab State Legal Services Authority.
Justice Ajay Tewari visited the judicial court complexes at Patiala and Mohali and encouraged the litigants to resolve their disputes through this Lok Adalat.
Members of the public were also been made aware about the toll-free number 1968 for any kind of legal assistance for the needy, particularly the marginalized segments.
Front offices have been set up at district and sub-division levels in the premises of courts to guide the litigants on free and effective legal aid.
Punjab State Legal Services Authority Member-Secretary Arun Gupta said that such national Lok Adalats are held regularly strictly as per schedule of the National Legal Services Authority. He urged the general public to settle their grievances amicably in such Lok Adalats.