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Haryana State Legal Services Authority has leveraged the important mechanism of ‘Lok Adalat’ as an effective alternative dispute resolution method for ensuring quick and final consensual disposal of cases binding on the parties, without incurring any extra cost or fees.  Various kinds of Lok Adalat are organized by Haryana State Legal Services Authority.

   

(a)

Scheduled Lok Adalats

 

HALSA is organizing scheduled Lok Adalats in all the districts courts and sub divisional courts of Haryana from time to time as per schedule prepared by DLSAs. In these Lok Adalats, pending cases of all nature are taken up by different Lok Adalat benches presided by judicial officers and members. These Lok Adalats have proved to be very successful, particularly with regard to MACT Cases.

   

(b)

Mobile/Rural Lok Adalats

 

HALSA is organizing Mobile/Rural Lok Adalats in the villages to make speedy and inexpensive justice available to the people at their door step by amicable resolution of their disputes through mediation/conciliation by the respectables of the village and Village Gram Panchayats. In these Mobile/Rural Lok Adalats, all the pending cases in the courts as well as cases at pre-litigative stage of such village and adjoining villages are taken up for settlement.

 

Earlier these rural Lok Adalats were presided over by judicial officers by rotation. However, since October, 2011, these Adalats are attended by Panel Advocates and Para Legal Volunteers, who make efforts to bring parties together in all pending matters of that area, where rural Lok Adalat takes place, to arrive at acceptable settlement. Similar efforts are made in pre-litigation matters of that area. The cases, in which parties agree for settlement, are then taken up in forthcoming Lok Adalat.

   
(C) Permanent Lok Adalats (Public Utility Services)
 

On the initiative of HALSA, the Haryana Government sanctioned administrative approval for four permanent Lok Adalats (PLAs) pertaining to public utility services at the four divisional headquarters i.e. Ambala, Rohtak, Gurgaon and Hissar. Later, two more PLAs were sanctioned at Faridabad and Panchkula. At present, six PLAs are functioning in the state. The state government has also agreed to sanction five more at Rewari, Bhiwani, Sirsa, Sonepat and Karnal, which shall start functioning shortly. These eleven PLAs will have jurisdiction for all the 21 districts of Haryana, as follows:

 

Sr.

No.

Place of PLA (PUS)

Districts covered

(By holding camp court)

1

Ambala

Kurukshetra & Kaithal

2

Panchkula

Yamuna Nagar

3

Rohtak

Jhajjar & Sonepat

4

Gurgaon

Mewat

5

Faridabad

Palwal

6

Hissar

Bhiwani

7

Karnal

Karnal & Kurukshetra

8

Rewari

Rewari & Narnaul

9

Sonepat

Sonepat & Panipat

10.

Sirsa

Sirsa & Fatehabad

11

Bhiwani

Bhiwani & Jind

 

In such Lok Adalats, cases relating to Public utility services: namely (i) transport service for the carriage of passengers or goods by air, road or water; or (ii) postal, telegraph or telephone service; or   (iii) supply of power, light or water to the public by any establishment; or    (iv) system of public conservancy or sanitation; or   (v) service in hospital or dispensary; or   (vi) insurance service (vii) housing and estates (viii) banking and finance, are settled without any expenditure and at the earliest, up to the value of Rs. 25 lakh.

   

(D)

Daily Lok Adalat.

 

Daily Lok Adalats were first started in Sonepat district. After the encouraging results, these daily Lok Adalats were started in the remaining districts. At present, daily Lok Adalats are being held in all the 21 districts.

 

Every court of the sessions division, after court hours, gets converted into daily Lok Adalat and judicial officers hold sittings for this, depending upon the workload of cases coming for settlement every day in each court. This way, there are as many daily Lok Adalats as the number of courts in that sessions division. A daily Lok Adalat is assisted by one lawyer or social worker on the panel.

   
   
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