Chhattisgarh becomes first state to start e-Lok Adalats

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News: Chhattisgarh has become the first state to organise e-Lok Adalats in the country.

Facts:

  • Lok Adalat: It is one of the alternative dispute redressal mechanisms, it is a forum where disputes/cases pending in the court of law or at the pre-litigation stage are settled/ compromised amicably. 
  • Statutory status: Lok Adalats have been given statutory status under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. 
    • Under the Act, the award (decision) made by the Lok Adalats 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.