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Lok Adalat in Maharashtra disposed of approximately 3 lakh cases

Legal Correspondent: Bidisha Barman

August 03, 2021: On August 1, 2021, the various Legal Services Authorities in Maharashtra under the supervision of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and Justice A.A. Sayed, the Chairman of Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority, organized Lok Adalats in 34 districts of Maharashtra and three High Court Legal Services Committees. There were approximately 7.5 lakhs pre-litigation cases and 3.5 lakhs pending cases. In toto, these 11 lakhs cases were held both in offline mode (physical mode) and online mode. In the online platform, cases were held by the Lok Adalat through the use of “Sama”, it is an online tech tool to resolve disputes amicably using sophisticated technology and a network of skilled professionals.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the postponement of cases so in order to prevent overcrowding both the aforesaid modes were adopted in order to ensure flexibility.

“Sama”- the online service facilitator for settlement of disputes was founded in the year 2015 as an online mediation services platform and it was eventually used for Lok Adalat.

Out of the 3.5 lakh pending cases, approximately 80,000 cases were settled and 82,000 cases were disposed of. Dipankar Datta, the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court is the Patron in Chief of the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA).


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