Karnataka State Legal Services Authority

Permanent Lok Adalat

Permanent Lok Adalat is established under sub section (1) of Section 22 B of Legal Services Authorities Act of 1987. It is established with the intention to settle the dispute of public utility services. The public utility service means :-

  1. transport Service for the carriage of passengers or goods by air, road or water ; or
  2. postal, telegraph or telephone service : or
  3. supply of power, light or water to the public by any establishment ; or

 

  1. system of public conservancy or sanitation ; or
  2. service in hospital or dispensary ; or
  3. insurance service

 

and includes any service which the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, may in the public interest by intification declare to be a public utility service. 

The Permanent Lok Adalats in the State of Karnataka are functioning at Bangalore, Mangalore, Gulbarga, Dharwad, Mysore and Belgaum.

Every Permanent Lok Adalat establish for an area notified under sub Section One consists of a Chairman who is retired District Judge and Two Members having adequate experience in public utility service.

Any party to a dispute may, before a dispute is brought before any Court, make an application to a Permanent Lok Adalat for the settlement of dispute. But the Permanent Lok Adalat have no jurisdiction to entertain the affection relating to an offence not compoundable under law and further the Permanent Lok Adalat as no jurisdiction to entertain the petition where the value of the property in disputes exceeds Rs. 10.00 Lakhs.

Every award of the Permanent Lok Adalat under this Act made either on merit or in terms of a settlement shall be final and binding on all the parties claiming under the petition before the Permanent Lok Adalat.

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