People’s court on matrimonial disputes hugely popular

March 1st, 2009 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 1 (IANS) The capital’s first Lok Adalat (people’s court) dealing with cases of domestic violence and matrimonial disputes on maintenance Sunday received great response from the litigants, court officials said.
“We have received a great response from people today. It was, in fact, overwhelming. People come to courts in great numbers and show keen interest in settling their cases,” said Sanjay Sharma, a project officer of the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA), which has organised the Lok Adalat.

Of the 60 cases listed in four district courts, 12 have been settled.

“We have sent 27 cases to the next Lok Adalat as both the parties to these cases have shown keen interest in solving their disputes,” said Sharma.

The next Lok Adalat is scheduled for March 15.

According to the data provided by the DLSA, 5,426 cases of domestic violence and 7,700 cases of maintenance are pending in the five district courts of the capital.

Explaining the reason behind the matrimonial Lok Adalat, Sharma said: “The idea is to offer an informal platform for settlement of matrimonial disputes and at the same time decongest the courts of such matters.”

“It has been the priority of this authority to settle the disputes between the parties, particularly in matrimonial and family matters, at pre-litigation stage itself to save the time and money of the parties involved,” he added.

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