2,64,748 cases disposed through Lok Adalats in HP

To provide hassle free and speedy justice to the people of this State and saving their money, time and energy, the H.P State Legal Services Authority was organizing Lok Adalats and it has been able to dispose off as many as 2,64,748 cases, the State spokesman said in a press communique issued today. He said that HPSLSA provides free and competent legal services to the weaker sections of the society in the state, which are otherwise unable to afford legal representation and access to the justice.
The authority ensures that they get opportunities to have justice that was denied to any citizen owing to economic or other  reasons. The HPSLSA mainly organizes Lok Adalats  as it has held  109 courts from High Court to sub-division level. Besides, the National Lok Adalats and Lok Adalats for pre-litigation matters are also being organized periodically in the State.

Around four lakh cases were taken during the period from December, 2013 to August, 2016 out of which 2,64,748 cases were settled by holding 3799 Lok Adalats. Permanent Lok Adalats have been constituted in the State at Dharamshala, Mandi, Shimla and Una and Mobile Lok Adalats are also being organised in the State which helped in settling many cases.

From the period between April, 2015 to March, 2016 as many as 1611 people were benefited through legal aid. Legal literacy camps is another activity of the Authority which are being organised in remote areas, industrial zones, hospitals, fairs and jails etc. to spread legal awareness so that more and more people could come forward for taking legal aid. A panel of legal practitioner for providing legal aid has been maintained at sun-divisional, district and High Court legal services committees. At present, 956 lawyers have been appointed in the State for this purpose.
In order to provide easy access to legal services, Legal Aid Clinics (village legal care and support centres) have been opened in 2628 gram panchayats in the Panchaya Bhavans at suitable places for cluster of villages. These centres are being manned by a retainer lawyer and Para Legal Volunteers who are being imparted training in a phased manner.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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