Jammu: The pendency of cases in district courts of the Union Territory have swelled to 2,44089. Moreover, over 2000 cases pending in the seven fast track courts while 251277 cases were settled or disposed off in Lok Adalats in last five years across J&K .
As per the latest data available with The Dispatch, revealed that the 244089 cases are pending the district courts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Out of total pendency, the highest cases were pending in the district courts of Jammu and Srinagar.
“Highest cases 57520 are pending in Jammu district court followed by 53367 in Srinagar district court,” the data revealed.
In further breakup data revealed that the 13031 cases pending in Anantnag district court, 4124 in Bandipora, 17138 in Baramulla, 9588 in Budgam, 4000 in Ganderbal, 8014 in Kathua, 3607 in Kishtwar, 4745 in Kulgam, 10771 in Kupwara, 5347 in Poonch, 8219 in Pulwama, 9556 in Rajouri, 3842 in Ramban, 4344 in Reasi, 6322 in Samba, 4771 in Shopian and 9417 in Udhampur.
Apart from this, the 2261 cases are pending in the seven Fast Track courts across J&K.
“Setting up of Fast Track Courts (FTCs) and their functioning fall within the domain of the respective State Governments in consultation with the High Courts. There are 7 functional FTCs in the J&K. Data in respect of convictions by FTCs is not centrally maintained. Disposal of cases and adherence of timelines is primarily the responsibility of the judiciary,” as per the data.
Moreover, the data further revealed that despite having no permanent Lok Adalat in Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have disposed off and settled 251277 cases in last 5 years.
As per the data, 43426 cases of pre-litigative and pending were disposed off in last five years while 207851 cases were settled in Lok Adalats across J&K in last five years.
The Lok Adalat is an important Alternative Disputes Resolution Mechanism available to common people.
It is a forum where the disputes/cases pending in the court of law or at pre-litigation stage are settled/compromised amicably.
Under the Legal Services Authorities (LSA) Act, 1987, an award made by a Lok Adalat is deemed to be a decree of a civil court and is final and binding on all parties and no appeal lies against thereto before any court. In order to reduce the pendency of cases in courts and also to settle the disputes at pre-litigation stage, Lok Adalats are organized by Legal Services Institutions at such intervals as it deems fit.
Lok Adalat is not a permanent establishment.
However, as per Section 19 of the LSA Act, Lok Adalats are organized by Legal Services Institutions as per requirement. National Lok Adalats are organized simultaneously in all Taluks, Districts and High Courts on a pre-fixed date.