In Chhattisgarh, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an e-Lok Adalat was held on 11th July 2020. Under the e-Lok Adalat, the virtual hearings were conducted through video conferencing.
In the wake of the financial crisis faced by the people and the lawyers due to the Corona virus pandemic, the High Court and Chhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority decided to organize e-Lok Adalat for resolving the pending cases. Inaugurating the e-Lok Adalat, the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court P R Ramchandra Menon said that in this difficult time of pandemic, e-Lok Adalat is a noble initiative to bring relief to people and to reduce the pendency.
Under the e-Lok Adalat, the virtual hearings of the pending cases were conducted through video conferencing. The Executive Chairman of the Chhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra said that over three thousand cases were heard in around 200 benches of 23 districts across the state including the high court in Bilaspur.
The live streaming of the e-Lok Adalat was also done. All District Courts and Tehsil Courts along with the High Court were part of the e-Lok Adalat. According to the Chhattisgarh Government, this is the first time in the country that Lok Adalat was being held through video conferencing.