The Lok Adalat, the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) channel, has been effectively aiding the justice dispensation system while free legal aid to the needy had come as a boon to the poor and weaker sections of society, Sashikanta Mishra, member secretary, Odisha State Legal Services Authority (OSLSA), has said.
The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, aimed to provide free legal services to the weaker sections of society and to organise Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes thereby lessening the burden on the courts, he said while delivering a talk on “Legal Aid for the People” on Voice of SOA Community, 90.4, the community radio operated by the SOA University.
The talk to be broadcast on Friday, May 29, also featured Biswajit Mohanty, deputy secretary, OSLSA and Soumyak Patra, secretary, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Cuttack.
Among others, Sweta Mishra, secretary, DLSA, Bhubaneswar was also present.
As the courts remained inaccessible to people owing to various factors including poverty, social and political backwardness, illiteracy, ignorance, procedural formalities and inordinate delay in judgments, the alternative justice dispensation method was thought of.
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