12,000 cases pending in Meghalaya lower courts
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 12:02
Shillong: About 12,000 cases, both civil and criminal, are pending in the subordinate courts of Meghalaya.

According to Meghalaya State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA) member secretary W Diengdoh, about 1600 cases are pending in the Gauhati High Court Shillong Bench alone.

The MSLSA has decided to initiate efforts of disposing of pending cases right from the high court to the lower court by introducing the free legal aid and mediation and conciliation schemes in consonance with the provisions of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1978, to ensure that equal justice is made available to the poor, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society, Diengdoh told reporters here yesterday.

The MSLSA, in order to reduce the backlog of cases, has set up a Forum of Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC).

The committee included a panel of 12 persons comprising advocates and retired judicial officers of the state in which they are entrusted to concise cases related to disputes between parties litigating through settlement, he said.

Any party can visit the mediation clinic at the office of the MSLSA where the mediators will look and examine into their matter and suitable suggestion and action would be taken.

A total of 6873 cases have been disposed in the state out of the 49 Lok Adalats conducted during the year from 1993 to 2009.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, October 10, 2009, 12:02

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