Chief Justice Gita Mittal, of J&K High Court
Chief Justice Gita Mittal, of J&K High Court

[COVID-19] Jammu & Kashmir Legal Services Authority to hold virtual Lok Adalat on August 22, Chief Justice Gita Mittal to inaugurate

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).

Mohsin Dar

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:

"The COVID-19 outbreak has severely hit the functioning of judiciary in the state because of which lawyers and affected parties were also facing financial crisis. The move to hold Lok Adalat on a digital platform will bring relief to lawyers and aggrieved parties. Family disputes, accident claims and cheque bounce cases that can be settled through mutual consent are often resolved by Lok Adalat"

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:

JKLSA Press Release dated July 31, 2020
JKLSA Press Release dated July 31, 2020
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