KOCHI: The second national lok adalat organised by National Legal Service Authority would be held on Saturday. In Ernakulam district, around 49,000 cases would be taken up in the lok adalat.
It would be inaugurated at a function to be held at TDM Hall on Saturday morning.
According to S Mohandas, Judge, Ernakulam Principal and Sessions Court, the adalat would be helpful in disposing of several cases that are pending in various courts for several years. In the first lok adalat, around 35 lakh cases were disposed of across the country. “The lok adalat would consider civil cases, compoundable criminal cases, MACT claim(vehicle related) cases, pre-litigation bank cases, normal litigation petitions, family cases, employment related cases and criminal petty cases. Last year, we could dispose of around 20,000 cases in Ernakulam and we are looking for disposing of more this time. One of the major advantages is that further appeal cannot be made in the cases settled in the lok adalat,” he said.
There would be 2,537 civil cases, 16,034 criminal cases, 3,290 MACT claim cases, 2,200 pre-litigation bank cases, 1,008 normal litigation petitions, 296 family cases, 19 employment related cases and 25,000 criminal petty cases. A judge, an advocate who acts as the mediator and para legal volunteers under District Legal Service Authority would be appointed in each booth. Besides, the cases in magistrate courts for lok adalat would be considered in the same courts.
Apart from seven taluks in the district-Kochi, Kanayannur, North Paravoor, Aluva, Kunnathunadu, Kothamangalam and Muvattupuzha, there would be centres in Kolenchery, Angamaly, Palluruthy, Koothattukulam, Piravom and Chottanikkara. There would be 23 booths in Kanayannur taluk, 7 in Kochi, 10 in Aluva, 6 in Perumbavoor, 4 in Kothamangalam, 8 in Muvattupuzha, 16 booths in North Paravoor, one each in Kolenchery, Angamaly, Palluruthy, Koothattukulam, Piravom and Chottanikkara.
G Anil, secretary, District Legal Service Authority, said the pendency of cases is very high in Ernakulam district and lok adalat would help in disposing of several pending cases.