Soumya Prakash Pradhan

Do you often find yourself struggling to pay your traffic fines? Have you ever been issued a challan without violating any rules? If yes, then Lok Adalat might be the solution to your problem.

Lok Adalat is one of the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that can help you settle your traffic fines and resolve your queries. 

What is Lok Adalat?

Lok Adalat is a forum for alternative dispute resolution that aims to provide speedy and effective justice to litigants. It is a non-adversarial forum where disputes are settled through conciliation and compromise.

Lok Adalat is presided over by retired judges, eminent lawyers, and social activists who act as conciliators and mediators. It is a voluntary forum where parties can resolve their disputes without going through lengthy court proceedings.

How can Lok Adalat help you with your traffic fines?

If you have been issued a traffic challan despite being in the right, then Lok Adalat can help you settle your fine.

The Lok Adalat conducts camps within the court premises every 3-4 months to facilitate litigants with a platform for resolving their disputes in court. You can visit your nearest Lok Adalat and present your case to the judge.

If you can convince the judge that you are right and the traffic police have issued the challan wrongly, then the judge can cancel your challan.

Also, if you made a mistake but have a genuine reason for it, then you can explain the same to the judge. If the judge finds your reason valid, he can reduce your fine or cancel it altogether.