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Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021

Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021:

The Lok Sabha passed the Tribunals Reforms Bill, 2021. The Bill replaces a similar Ordinance promulgated in April 2021.

The Bill provides for:

  • Uniform terms and conditions of service for Chairperson and Members of various tribunals, including the following, namely:
    • Search-cum-Selection Committee for tribunals other than State Administrative Tribunals to be headed by the Chief Justice of India or a Judge nominated by him;
    • Search-cum-Selection Committee for the State Administrative Tribunal to be headed by the Chief Justice of the High Court of the concerned State;
    • age of retirement to be seventy years for Chairperson and sixty-seven years for a Member;
    • the Chairperson and Member of a Tribunal shall be eligible for reappointment.
  • Abolition of tribunals or authorities under various Acts by amending
    • the Cinematograph Act, 1952,
    • the Copyrights, Act, 1957,
    • the Customs Act, 1962,
    • the Patents Act, 1970,
    • the Airport Authority of India Act, 1994,
    • the Trade Marks Act, 1999,
    • the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999,
    • the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001,
    • the Control of National Highways (Land and Traffic) Act, 2002;
  • Transfer of all cases pending before such tribunals or authorities to the Commercial Court or the High Court, as the case may be, on the appointed date.