'Janata court' will be held twice in a week: Judge

7,066 cases have been settled as against the target of 5,000 cases in the district in the 3-month drive

District and Sessions Judge Uma M G has said that janata court will be held at the district court complex twice in a week from now onwards. The janata court will be held on every Friday and Saturday.

Speaking at the valedictory of the National Lok Adalat here on Saturday, she said that this will help to solve the cases through mediation. A total of 49,946 cases have been settled during the three-month long National Lok Adalat held between September 1 and December 5. The legal fraternity are planning to dispose of atleast 5,000 cases on Saturday.

The Judge said that out of the total cases disposed, 7,066 civil and criminal cases and 42,880 PLCs (pre litigation cases). A total of 377 cases pertaining to motor vehicle cases have been disposed and ordered to pay compensation of Rs 4,37,06,154. Two cases related to LIC and 416 other civil cases have been disposed off.

Under criminal cases, 218 criminal compoundable cases, 432 cases under Negotiable Instruments Act, 46 related to family matters, 92 cases pertaining to consumer redressal cases, 580 cases on birth and death registration and 4,903 cases related to other criminal cases have been disposed off.

In PLCs, 559 cases pertaining to banks and other financial institutions and 407 cases pertaining to telephone and mobilephone connections have been disposed off and ordered to recover a sum of Rs 3,13,85,146.

A total of 37,854 traffic related cases have been disposed off and ordered to collect fine of Rs 26,60,100. She said that in the first mega lok adalat held from September 2 to November 23, a total of 1,663 regular cases and 89 PLC cases have been disposed off through mediation. In the second mega lok adalath held from January 6 to April 12, a total of 17,214 cases have been settled.

Victim compensation scheme

The Judge said that District Legal Services Authority has decided to provide an amount of Rs two lakh as compensation for victims under the governmen’s compensation scheme.

The compensation will be given to a woman who has lost her husband in murder at Ekkar in Bajpe and is survived by her two kids. A cheque bounce case of Rs 37 lakh has been settled through mediation at the Lok Adalat. A case on recovery which was pending since 1998 has been settled in the Adalat, she added.

Bar Association President S P Changappa said that the target before the court was to settle 5,000 cases. However, owing to the keen interest shown by the District and Sessions Court Judge, the district has been able to settle 7,066 cases that were pending in the court. There are over three crore cases pending in various courts in the country. Janata court helps to settle the cases through mediation.

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