A Lok Adalat shall have jurisdiction to determine and to arrive at a compromise or settlement between the parties to a dispute in respect of:
- Any case pending before any court; or
- Any matter which is falling within the jurisdiction of any court and is not brought before such court.
Thus, the Lok Adalat can deal with not only the cases pending before a court, but also with the disputes at the pre-litigation stage.
To read more about Alternative Dispute Resolution, check the linked article.