Lok Adalats

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.

Lok Adalats
Approved Scheduled for organizing National Lok Adalats during the year, 2018.
The Director, National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi, vide letter No.L/34/2017/NALSA dated 8th January, 2018 has informed that as approved by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Judge, Supreme Court of India and Executive Chairman, NALSA, the National Lok Adalats will be held once in two months in this year and the first National Lok Adalat shall be held on Saturday, 10th February, 2018 on all subject matters. A Schedule for National Lok Adalats to be held in the year 2018 is as under:-
Sr. No.    Dates of National Lok Adalat
1.    10.02.2018
2.    14.04.2018
3.    14.07.2018
4.    08.09.2018
5.    08.12.2018
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.

Daily Lok Adalats.
At present, daily Lok Adalats are being held in all the 22 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.

Decision of Lok Adalats
Lok Adalats can take cognizance of matters of not only those persons who are entitled to avail free legal services but of all other persons also, be they women, men, or children and even institutions.
Anyone or more of the parties to a dispute can move an application to the court either where their matters may be pending, or even at pre-litigative stage, i.e. the matters which have not yet been filed in regular courts, for such matters being taken up in the Lok Adalat Bench constituted for the purpose which shall attempt to resolve the dispute by helping the parties to arrive at an amicable solution and if is successful in doing so, the award passed by it shall be final which has as much force as a decree of a Civil Court obtained after due contest. 
It is also mentioned that Section 16 of Courts Fees Act, 1870 as inserted by Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Act, 1999 provides that where the court refers the parties to the suit to any one of the mode of settlement of dispute referred to in Section 89 of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908(5 of 1908) the plaintiff shall be entitled to a certificate from the Court authorizing him to receive back from the Collector, the full amount of the fee paid in respect of such plaint.