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In an effort to settle pending cases in Jammu & Kashmir amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an e-Lok Adalat is being organised by the Jammu & Kashmir Legal Services Authority in the Union Territory on August 22, 2020 (Saturday).
The Jammu and Kashmir Legal Services Authority has notified the conduct of an "e-Lok Adalat" in the Union Territory, in an effort to settle cases pending because of the pandemic.
Hearings in the Adalat will be conducted "virtually", an official who spoke to Bar & Bench said.
It is informed that the Adalat will be inaugurated by Chief Justice Gita Mittal of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on August 22 (Saturday), from the video-conferencing room of the High Court. The programme will also be live streamed it is notified.
In its Press Note, the Jammu and Kashmir State Legal Services Authority (JKSLSA) has enunciated its reasons for organising the virtual Adalat saying:
Litigants desirous of resolving their disputes via the e-Lok Adalat have been requested to contact the Office of District Legal Services Authority of their district before August 10, 2020 for identification. Thereafter their case would be allocated to an appropriate Bench of the e-Lok Adalat, the notification states.
"Norms of social distancing shall strictly be followed in and during the conduct of E-Lok Adalat", the press release further enjoins.
Earlier this month, the Karnataka High Court Legal Services Committee organised a virtual adalat, followed by one in Chhatisgarh. Nearly 3000 cases were disposed at the event in Chhatisgarh, while the 31 cases were resolved at the one in Karnataka.
Read JKLSA's Press Release here: