The State of the Nation’s Tribunals I

Reports by Judicial Reform · June 15, 2014
Author(s): Alok Prasanna and Rukmini Das

The first Report in our series titled ‘State of the Nation’s Tribunals’ looks at the functioning of the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal.

In assessing the legal framework in which they operate, we found that there are serious deficiencies in the laws setting up the tribunals which may leave such laws open to constitutional challenges. Our research indicates that the purpose of speedy disposal of cases for which these Tribunals were set up has not been fulfilled. The TDSAT is disposing of cases slower than the High Courts which they were supposed to supplement. A variety of reasons ― delay in appointments, lack of infrastructure and staffing, excessive case loads, among others have been identified as the causes for this inefficiency and we have suggested the manner in which these can be overcome.

Download the full report The State of the Nation’s Tribunals I

About Alok Prasanna:

Alok Prasanna Kumar is Senior Resident Fellow and Team Lead, Vidhi Karnataka. His areas of research include Judicial Reforms, Constitutional law, Urban Development, and Law and Technology. He graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons) from the NALSAR University in 2008 and obtained the BCL from the University of Oxford in 2009. He writes a monthly column for the Economic and Political Weekly and has published in the Indian Journal of Constitutional Law and National Law School of India Review apart from media outlets such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Scroll, Quint and Caravan. He has practiced in the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court from the chambers of Mr Mohan Parasaran, and currently also co-hosts the Ganatantra podcast on IVM Podcasts.

About Rukmini Das: