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Lok Adalat has no jurisdiction to decide matter on merits: SC

  • Published
    12th Oct, 2021

GS-II: Polity & Governance

  • Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies
Context

The Supreme Court recently observed that Lok Adalat has no jurisdiction at all to decide the matter on merits once it is found that compromise or settlement could not be arrived at between parties.

Prelims question:

Which of the following statements regarding Lok Adalats is/are correct?

  1. In Lok Adalat proceedings, there are no victors and vanquished.
  2. Every award made by a Lok Adalat shall be final and binding on all the parties to the dispute.
  3. In case parties to the dispute fail to reach an agreement, a Lok Adalat can decide the dispute on merits.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

The Lok Adalat is proving to be an innovative mechanism to settle disputes and reduce the pendency of court cases, but Right to Justice still faces many hurdles in India. Analyze. (250 Words)

Approach:

  • Introduce by giving a brief overview of Lok Adalat, like the act from which they were introduced.
  • Enumerate the roles and functions of Lok Adalat, highlighting how they have helped in reducing pendency
  • Enumerate the issues that still remain in Justice delivery in India
  • Way Forward and Conclusion

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