Favouring settlement of disputes through mediation and conciliation in Lok Adalats, Justice Anil R Dave of the Supreme Court today praised the work being done by them and said it promotes cordial relations between contestants.
Inaugurating a two-day regional conference of Legal Services Authorities of Southern States, organised by Union Territory of Puducherry Legal Services Authority (UTPLSA) here, he said, “Whenever a dispute was settled through Lok Adalat by conciliation or mediation, life becomes happy and both the sides of the legal dispute become relieved and relations also became cordial between them”.
Lok Adalat was doing “excellent work” in this regard, Justice Dave, who is the Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), said, adding mediation and conciliation prevented intrusion of ill feelings among the contestants.
Through NALSA and State level Legal Services Authorities “we are trying to see that the social and economic justice as envisaged in the Constitution is achieved”, he said.
He also released the News Letter of the UTPLSA on the occasion and Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi received the first copy.
Bedi said “we need more Lok Adalats, as they offer solutions to problems and issues faced by common man and depressed sections of society. If Lok Adalat system was strengthened, there would be speedy settlement of the problems of the common people,” she said.
Chief Justice of Madras High Court Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul appealed to the senior members of the Bar to come forward and provide legal assistance to the poor and weaker sections.