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Bill introduced in Lok Sabha to abolish Tribunals/Authorities under IPR laws, Customs Act - Appeal would lie to the Commercial Court or High Court   Feb 13, 2021

The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Act, 2021 has been introduced in the Lok Sabha.

The Statement of Objects & Reasons states that with a view to streamline tribunals, the Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Bill, 2021 is proposed to be enacted to abolish certain tribunals and authorities and to provide a mechanism for filing appeal directly to the commercial court or the High Court, as the case may be.

The Bill, inter alia, seeks to provide for the following, namely :

(i) abolition of tribunals or authorities under various Acts by amending the Cinematograph Act, 1952, the Copyright Act, 1957, the Customs Act, 1962, the Patents Act, 1970, the Airports 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 and the Finance Act, 2017;

(ii) 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;

(iii) the Chairman and Members of such tribunals shall cease to hold office and they shall be entitled to claim compensation not exceeding three months' pay and allowances for the premature termination of term of their office or of any contract of service

Copy of the notification is attached   



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