AI-based Lok Adalat: The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) Chairman Uday Umesh Lalit recently unveiled India’s First AI-powered, end-to-end digital Lok Adalat in Rajasthan.
- The AI-based Lok Adalat was launched during the 18th All India Legal Services Authorities’ Meet held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
- The two-day event was inaugurated by Chief Justice of India, N V Ramana in the presence of Minister of Law & Justice, Kiren Rijiju and Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot.
About AI-based Lok Adalat:
- The Digital Lok Adalat by Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority (RSLSA 22) was designed and developed by its technology partner Jupitice Justice Technologies.
- It will be used to dispose of pending disputes or disputes that are at the pre-litigation stage.
- The platform will help to proved end-to-end dispute resolution with easy drafting and filing of applications, one-click generation of e-notices, smart templates to draft settlement agreements, and digital hearings powered by tailor-made video conferencing tools, etc.
- In addition, it will also offers an AI-powered voice-based interactive chatbot and advanced data analytics tools to help gain deeper insights into the functioning of Lok Adalat through custom reports and dashboards for data-driven decision making.
Significance of AI-based Lok Adalat:
- The number of pending cases in India is increasing over the years.
- The pending cased further increased, especially during the pandemic where the courts came to a standstill for a while.
- Recently, a district court in Bihar gave a verdict in a land dispute case after 108 years, making it one of the oldest pending cases in the country.
- As per the NITI Aayog report, it would take an around 324 years to dispose of all current pending cases in country.
- The report further said that 75% to 97% of legal problems never reach the courts.
- That means about 5 million to 40 million legal tangles arising in a month never reach the court.
- Therefore, the Digital Lok Adalat will be used to dispose of pending disputes or disputes that are at the pre-litigation stage
- Jupitice is the world’s first Justice Technology company.
- It has been working with several quasi-judicial bodies and ADR centres across India, in a bid to transform and reboot dispute resolution ecosystem, digitally.
- It has developed the “digital Lok Adalat”, to fill the existing justice gap and to address problems of digital divide.
- It seeks to ensure that justice reaches common people even in remotest villages by means of mobile, CSCs, and web.