Gene Kassebaum


The author observed seven Lok Adalats: four in the Bangalore, one each in Kolar, Mangalore and Mysore and extracted other data from the two years of Lok Adalats held throughout the State of Kamataka and sample of cases settled in Bangalore. This report, based on field work in July-November 1988, describes the procedures used by Lok Adalat and the characteristics of cases disposed. It concludes by considering limitations of the Lok Adalat program, taking note of other ADR programs also under way in South India. The author concludes that the Lok Adalat, while not the solution for all cases, is an important, exciting legal innovation which warrants further inquiry to determine its efficacy and limitations. (Editor’s abstract.)



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