THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: As many as 40,944 cases will be heard at the mega Lok Adalat to be held on December 12 in the district as part of the national Lok Adalat.
Being held under the District Legal Services Authority, it will deal with disputes, both pre and post-litigation and address issues such as banking, family issues, criminal and civil cases, revenue, labour, electricity and land acquisition, said Principal District Judge V Shircy at a function to announce the event.
Apart from adalats in the District Court, Neyyattinkara, Nedumangad and Attingal courts, special sitting will be held in magistrate courts for disposal of criminal compoundable and petty cases.
Judge Shircy said that an award passed in the adalat is a deemed decree which is enforceable. The award is final and not appealable, the Judge said. Criminal cases top the list with 28,660 cases in all the four centres and 10,010 will be heard in the District Court, Neyyattinkara, 6,850; Nedumangad, 5,600 and Attingal, 6,200.With regard to bank disputes, 6,110 cases will be heard (4,190 in District Court, 500 in Neyyattinkara, 900 in Nedumangad and 520 in Attingal).
As many as 2,000 MACT cases will be addressed at the District Court. While 400 MACT cases will be taken up in Neyyatinkara, 693 cases will come up at Nedumangad.With respect to bank and MACT disputes, the judge said pre-adalat settlement talks had commenced in all the centres from December 7. With respect to family disputes, 42 cases will be taken up in Thiruvananthapuram court and 12 in Nedumangad. Of the 270 civil cases, 275 cases will be dealt with at the district centre, 350 in Neyyattinkara, 65 in Attingal and 50 in Nedumangad.While 346 land acquisition cases will be heard at the District Court, 132 will be taken up in Neyyattinkara and 115 in Attingal, the Judge said. At the District Court adalat 159 revenue cases, 16 labour disputes and 147 electricity disputes will be heard. Pointing out that arrangements have been made for holding the mega event, the Judge said 35 booths would be set up at the District Court, 12 in Neyyattinkara, 14 in Attingal and six in Nedumangad court.
For land acquisition cases, District Legal Services Authority secretary Prabhata Kumar said the government allotted `9 crore in advance. In the last Adalat, the amount settled could not be disbursed though Land acquisition cases were settled, he said. CBI Special Judge R Reghu, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate A Ijas and Trivandrum bar Association president K P Jayachandran were present.