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Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008

[ACT NO. 4 OF 2009 [7th January, 2009.]

Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title, extent and commencement
2 Definitions
Chapter II Gram Nyayalaya
3 Establishment of Gram Nyayalayas
4 Headquarters of Gram Nyayalaya
5 Appointment of NyayadhikarI
6 Qualifications for appointment of NyayadhikarI
7 Salary, allowances and other terms and conditions of service of Nyayadhikari
8 Nyayadhikari not to preside over proceedings in which he is interested
9 Nyayadhikari to hold mobile courts and conduct proceedings in villages
10 Seal of Gram Nyayalaya
Chapter III Jurisdiction, Powers and Authority of Gram Nyayalaya
11 Jurisdiction of Gram Nyayalaya
12 Criminal jurisdiction
13 Civil jurisdiction
14 Power to amend Schedules
15 Limitation
16 Transfer of pending proceedings
17 Duties of ministerial officers
Chapter IV Procedure in Criminal Cases
18 Overriding effect of Act in criminal trial
19 Gram Nyayalaya to follow summary trial procedure
20 Plea bargaining before Gram Nyayalaya
21 Conduct of cases in Gram Nyayalaya and legal aid to parties
22 Pronouncement of judgment
Chapter V Procedure in Civil Cases
23 Overriding effect of Act in civil proceedings
24 Special procedure in civil disputes
25 Execution of decrees and orders of Gram Nyayalaya
26 Duty of Gram Nyayalaya to make efforts for conciliation and settlement of civil disputes
27 Appointment of Conciliators
28 Transfer of civil disputes
Chapter VI Procedure Generally
29 Proceedings to be in the official language of the State
30 Application of Indian Evidence Act, 1872
31 Record of oral evidence
32 Evidence of formal character on affidavit
Chapter VII Appeal
33 Appeal in criminal cases
34 Appeal in civil cases
Chapter VIII Miscellaneous
35 Assistance of police to Gram Nyayalayas
36 Nyayadhikaris and employees, etc., to be public servants
37 Inspection of Gram Nyaya-layas
38 Power to remove difficulties
39 Power of High Court to make rules
40 Power of State Government to make rules
Schedules First Schedule (See Sections 12 and 14)
  Second Schedule (See Sections 13 and 14)

An Act to provide for the establishment of Gram Nyayalayas at the grass roots level for the purposes of providing access to justice to the citizens at their doorsteps and to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of social, economic or other disabilities and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

BE it enacted by Parliament in the Fifty-ninth Year of the Republic of India as follows:-

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