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Over 74 lakh pending and pre-litigation cases, many of them part of a huge backlog created by the pandemic, were settled across the country in the third National Lok Adalat.

In a move away from convention, the legal services authorities under Chief Justice of India-designate, Justice U.U. Lalit, who is the executive chairman of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), used technological platforms to conduct ‘digital lok adalat’ in Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Of the over 74 lakh disposed cases, 16.45 lakh disputes were pending and another 58.33 lakh were in pre-litigation stages.

“The total value of the settlement amount is approximately Rs. 5,039 crore,” NALSA said in a statement on Saturday.

In an interaction with legal services authorities’ officials, Justice Lalit said that lok adalats have “not only become an efficient substitute to seek redressal, but help in reducing the burden of the courts pertaining to backlog and pendency of cases.”

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