The fourth and the last of this year’s national-level Lok Adalat conducted across the State on Saturday settled 70,029 cases and awarded ₹437.98 crore, according to Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority (TNSLSA).
As per the instructions of Madras High Court Acting Chief Justice T. Raja, seven Lok Adalat benches were constituted at the principal seat of the High Court in Chennai and three benches were constituted in Madurai.
Apart from these, 433 Lok Adalat benches were constituted in the district as well as taluk level legal services committees where 59,612 pending cases and 10,417 pre-litigation matters were settled.
According to a press communique from TNSLSA Member Secretary A. Nazeer Ahamed, 3,080 motor accident cases; 1,222 check dishonour cases; 1,073 civil cases; 166 matrimonial disputes and 51 labour disputes were settled.
In a separate press release, the High Court Legal Services Committee (HCLSC) headed by Justice S. Vaidyanathan said the seven Lok Adalat benches in the High court settled 126 out of 1,147 cases listed for the day and awarded ₹15.40 crore.
HCLSC secretary K. Sudha said that 24 out of 126 cases were those that were pending in the High Court for more than five years.