RNBian’s Visited District and Session Court Bikaner for Lok Adalat
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RNBian’s Visited District and Session Court Bikaner for Lok Adalat

14 Sep 2019

Students from school of Law, RNB Global university attended Lok Adalat, District and Session Court Bikaner. The Purpose of the visit was to understand the working of courts and the nature of duties of judicial officers in the matter of Lok Adalat .The visit was to help the students , understand the role of Lok Adalat in dispensing justice .The role of prosecutors in a case ,The way, cases proceed in the court ,The way judges and defence lawyers handle the case . The relationship between prosecutors and the police . The visit gave students, an opportunity to understand the actual need of co-ordination in the four pillars of Procedural Justice.

“Lok Adalat (People's Court) is one of Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in India, it is a forum where cases pending or at pre litigation stage in a court of law are settled. People come to Lok Adalat to resolve their disagreements.

The visit started with a brief introduction of Concept of Lok Adalat and its procedure by the faculty in charge Mr. Ashok Karnani. After getting a brief knowledge of Lok Adalat an interactive session was held with Advocate Sanjay Vyas.

Additional District Judge and secretary of District Legal Services Authority Mr. Pawan Kumar Agrawal told the students that NALSA along with other Legal Services Institutions conducts Lok Adalats. Lok Adalat is one of the alternative dispute redressal mechanisms, it is a forum where disputes/cases pending in the court of law or at pre-litigation stage are settled/ compromised amicably. Lok Adalat have been given statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Under the said Act, the award (decision) made by the Lok Adalat is deemed to be a decree of a civil court and is final and binding on all parties and no appeal against such an award lies before any court of law. If the parties are not satisfied with the award of the Lok Adalat though there is no provision for an appeal against such an award, but they are free to initiate litigation by approaching the court of appropriate jurisdiction by filing a case by following the required procedure, in exercise of their right to litigate. RJS MS. Yasmin Khan, asserted that there is no court fee payable when a matter is filed in a Lok Adalat. If a matter pending in the court of law is referred to the Lok Adalat and is settled subsequently, the court fee originally paid in the court on the complaints/petition is also refunded back to the parties. Ms. Neetu Rani, RJS, stated the Nature of Cases to be Referred to Lok Adalat i.e.-

1. Any case pending before any court.

2. Any dispute which has not been brought before any court and is likely to be filed before the court.

Provided that any matter relating to an offence not compoundable under the law shall not be settled in Lok Adalat.As per section 18(1) of the Act, a Lok Adalat shall have jurisdiction to determine and to arrive at a compromise or settlement between the parties to a dispute in respect of -

(1) Any case pending before; or

(2) Any matter which is falling within the jurisdiction of, and is not brought before, any court for which the Lok Adalat is organised.

Assistant Prosecution Officer Ms.Seema Solanki, Ms.Neetu Kumari, Ms.Savita Kumari, Mr. Sachin Chug also addressed the students and explained the procedure followed in courts.

Being an infant among the law fraternity of the country, the School of Law is optimistic to repeat such type of learning programme for its learners by learning from the mistakes and screening the positives out of negatives with an eye giving birth to a ‘learned community’ having a point of their learning in RNB Global University, Bikaner, Rajasthan. Being Emergent among the law fraternity of the country, the School of Law is optimistic to revisit such learning programmes and go further in such field visits for its learners.

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