Lok Adalats are intended to arrive at compromises and settlements. In doing so, it has the power of a civil court in summoning and examining witnesses, the discovery of documents, recording of evidence on affidavits and requisitioning of public records. Further, it is open to Lok Adalats to specify its own procedure, and it is considered judicial proceedings.
Whenever a settlement is reached, an ‘Award’ is made which is deemed to be a ‘Decree’ of a civil court. It is to be written down in simple and clear terms. No appeal is permissible against such awards, which are deemed final. If no compromise is reached, the same goes back to the court.