Abstract:

There is nothing in this world that didn’t happen for a reason even our own existence in this very society. They say life is all about finding reason but we believe once you find the reason your life starts truly.  Traditionally we tend to have one goal of becoming successful but certainly, there is much to do even after you achieve the desired success. As success is not just putting yourself in a position that you dream for years to be in but inspiring others and assisting them in achieving theirs.

The author strongly believes that professionals should go beyond their traditional areas by expanding themselves to serve and not settle for less.  The article provides you with such goldmines of opportunities in the litigation field wherein addition to advocates, non-advocate professionals such as the Chartered Accountants, Company Secretary, Cost Accountants also can have their fair share.

Golden Opportunities of Practising Before Tribunal

Introduction:

With the development of the quasi-judicial system, there establish certain forums/platforms in the shape of the tribunal, certain other adjudicating authorities that now permits such non-advocates professionals to represent their clients just like advocates do.

Certain qualities such as excellence in regulatory procedure place them in an advantageous position to perform such work because matters before regulatory authorities and  Tribunals are very technical in nature.

There are certain skills where non-law background professionals have to adopt which are certainly put them in the excellent tribunal practitioner category

  • Learn how to prepare advisory opinions on the matters for clients so that they do not fall into unexpected regulatory mishaps
  • Learn how to review and draft contracts so that your advice is actually factored into big-ticket  transactions and deals (which are highly subject to scrutiny) (refer to the contract drafting diploma course to identify how to get started)
  • Learn how to draft legal arguments, responses, and legal drafts if your client receives is a show-cause notice or an adverse order.
  • Argue before authorities at various regulatory forums

Practicing before the tribunal is truly an exercise of the mind.

Law is a constantly changing process that was restricted to only lawyers 50 years ago is now open to many professionals particularly chartered accountants, cost accountants, and company secretaries,  as certain tribunals permit their legal representation on behalf of the aggrieved person.

Further, it is very practical and logical it is thus essential for practitioners to understand the basic principles of logic that can be attained through understanding the “why” in-laws. The tribunal in the modern system reinvented with the need of reducing the judicial pendency and adding a technical specialization in the process of adjudication of dispute pertaining to a specific matter.

Each professional is mindful of certain etiquettes that are to be observed:

1. Duty towards tribunal by acting with dignity and self-respect and maintaining a respectful attitude

2. Duty towards client

  • Not withdrawing from the engagement without sufficient cause and arbitrarily
  • Placing the interest of the client as a priority
  • and not conduct or do any act that will certainly jeopardize his client interest
  • Keeping them in the loop
  • responsibly serving necessary documents
  • an active role in convincing the presiding members of facts and claim completely
  • protecting client’s confidentiality
  • conducting a proper study of law and provide expert advice
  • follow the procedural rules, maintain discipline, and adhere to the law, ethics, etc.
  • approach appropriate method that will help in deciding their client matter on merits

Tribunal system in India

The tribunals in India are an institution having judicial and quasi-judicial duties established for the purpose of adjudicating a specific matter. Constituted with the object of providing faster adjudication comparing to traditional courts and having expertise in certain matters, the Tribunal forms a crucial part of the judicial mechanism of the country.

In the next 20 years, the tribunal system of the country will mark its first century with the first-ever tribunal – the Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal set up in 25.01.1941. Since then Tribunals have grown both in number and authority.

Their powers, functions, practice, and procedure have become a subject in itself for both applicants/appellants, respondents, and interested learners. Apart from Tribunals, there may be bodies performing quasi-judicial functions which have been created and are administered by the Central Government and they may be falling in categories of Commissions, Boards, or other Authorities. These Tribunals, Commissions, Boards, Authorities provide independent adjudication of disputes and function through prescribed practice and procedure which may vary as per the nature of the function they perform.

Although the Income Tax-Appellate Tribunal was established even prior to independence, the tribunal was not officially part of the constitution until addition through the 42nd amendment in 1976.

The Constitution (Forty-Second Amendment) Act, 1976 effective from 03.01.1977 added Part XIV A consisting of two articles particularly Article 323A and 323B. Where the former provision empowered Parliament to constitute administrative Tribunals (both at central and state level) for adjudication of matters related to recruitment and conditions of service of public servants and latter specified certain subjects (such as taxation and land reforms) for which Parliament or state legislatures may constitute tribunals by enacting a law.

The dual objective of establishment of the tribunal:

1. To resolve the dispute in a more efficient manner than the courts

2. Having a mechanism that is well equipped and that attains/possess a degree of expertise in a particular field/domain which a court certainly do not

The First-ever modern-day tribunal was established in the form of the General Commissioners of Income Tax under the Income Tax Act 1799. The act had made an appeal provision u/s 64. Likewise, the First International tribunal was established by the League of Nations that founded on 10th January 1920. The league led to the establishment of the Administrative Tribunal of the League of Nations on 26th September 1927. However, when the league dissolve on 20th April 1946 the tribunal went under the Internal Labour Organisation (1919). It was later renamed as The International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal” which has jurisdiction over Labour-related matters/disputes of 57 international organizations including WHO, WTO, WIPO, FAO, etc.

Few tribunals working at the international level:

1. The International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal https://www.ilo.org/tribunal/lang–en/index.htm

  • having jurisdiction over the complaints from serving and former officials of the International Labour Office; Labour-related decisions of 57 international organizations

2. The United Nations Administrative Tribunal https://untreaty.un.org/unat/main_page.htm

  • decides applications alleging non-observance of contracts of employment of staff members of the Secretariat of the UN

3. The United Nations Disputes Tribunal https://www.un.org/en/internaljustice/undt/

  • Entertains and decides an Application by a staff member for violation of their rights

PRESENT TRIBUNALS WORKING IN INDIA

It should be noted that the tribunal is administered by their respective parent ministries that are responsible for their day-to-day functioning.

Statistics of previous tribunals :

  • about 197 tribunals and agencies were set up by the State and Central Governments.
  • 95 tribunals under 88 central legislations, of which 78 have been set up by the Central Government and 17 by State Governments.
  • between 1996 and July 2013, at least 690 Bills, including Constitutional Amendments and Appropriation bills, have been passed by Parliament, and 18 new tribunals have been set up by the central govt.

Below is the list of tribunals presently functioning in India:

List of tribunals as per central laws:

Sr. no. Name of the statute Name of the tribunal Parent ministry
1 The Companies Act 2013 I. The National Company Law Tribunal

II. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal

Ministry of corporate affairs

https://www.mca.gov.in/

2 The Competition Act, 2002
3 The Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code, 2016
4 The Income Tax Act 1961 III. The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal Ministry of Law and Justice

https://lawmin.gov.in/

5 The Customs Act, 1962 IV. The Customs Excise & Service Tax Appellate Tribunal Ministry of Finance

https://finmin.nic.in/

6 The Administrative Tribunal Act 1985 V. The Central Administrative Tribunal Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions

https://persmin.gov.in/

7 The Consumer Protection Act 2019 VI. The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission

VII. The State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission

VIII. The National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission

IX.

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

https://consumeraffairs.nic.in/

8 The Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act 1956 X. The Securities Appellate Tribunal Ministry of Finance

https://finmin.nic.in/

9 The Depositories Act 1996
10 The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 2013
11 The Insurance Act 1938
12 The Recovery of Debts and Bankruptcy Act, 1993 XI. The Debt Recovery Tribunal

XII. The Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal

Ministry of Finance

https://finmin.nic.in/

13 The Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interests Act, 2002
14 The Railways Act, 1989 XIII. The Railway Claims Tribunal Ministry of Railways

https://indianrailways.gov.in/

15 The Industrial Disputes Act 1947 XIV. The Central Government Industrial Tribunals cum Labour Courts Ministry of Labour and Employment

https://labour.gov.in/

16 The Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952
17 The Conservation of Foreign Exchange And Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act, 1974 XV. The Appellate Tribunal for Forfeited Property Ministry of Finance

https://finmin.nic.in/

18 The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985
19 The Prevention of Money-Laundering Act, 2002
20 The Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988
21 The Information Technology Act, 2000 XVI. The Telecom Dispute Settlement & Appellate Tribunal Ministry of Communication

https://dot.gov.in/

22 The Indian Telegraph Act 1885
23 The Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 XVII. The Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal Ministry of Finance

https://finmin.nic.in/

24 The Electricity Act 2003 XVIII. The Appellate Tribunal For Electricity Ministry of Power

https://powermin.gov.in/

25 The Petroleum Act, 1934
26 The Army Act, 1950 XIX. The Armed Forces Tribunal Ministry of Defence

https://www.mod.gov.in/

27 The Navy Act, 1957
28 The Air Force Act, 1950
29 The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 XX. The National Green Tribunal Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

https://moef.gov.in/en/

30 The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
31 The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974
32 The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980
33 The Biological Diversity Act, 2002
34 The Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991
35 The Inter-State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956 XXI. The inter-state water disputes tribunal Ministry of Jal Shakti, department of Water Resources

http://jalshakti-dowr.gov.in/

36 The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 XXII. State real estate regulatory authorities and appellate tribunal established Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

http://mohua.gov.in/

37 The Foreigners Tribunal Act, 1941 XXIII. The Foreigners Tribunal for the State of Assam Ministry of Home Affairs

https://www.mha.gov.in/

38 The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 XXIV. The Food Safety Appellate Tribunal (of respective states) Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

https://consumeraffairs.nic.in/

39 The Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 XXV. Arbitration Tribunal
40 The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 XXVI. The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (of respective states)

List of some state tribunals:

Sr.no. State legislation Tribunal
1 State cooperative acts:

The Karnataka Co-operative Societies Act, 1959

The Karnataka Appellate Tribunal
2 Land revenue legislation:

The West Bengal Land Reforms Act, 1956.

The WEST BENGAL LAND REFORMS AND TENANCY TRIBUNAL
3 The Bihar Land Reforms Act, 1950 The Bihar Land Tribunal
4 The Maharashtra Land Revenue Code The Maharashtra Revenue Tribunal
5 Local self-government legislation:

The Kerala Panchayat Raj Act 1994

The Tribunal for Local Self Government Institution of Kerala
6 The Uttar Pradesh Public Services (Tribunal) Act, 1976 The Uttarakhand Public Services Tribunal
7 Private school legislation:

The Maharashtra Employees of Private Schools (Conditions of Service) Regulation Act, 1977

The School Tribunals
8 State administrative tribunal

For instance

The Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal

Total 9 State administrative tribunals are there

nine states of Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Kerala.

However, the Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Himachal Pradesh Tribunals have been abolished

List of tribunals where professionals other than Advocates such as CA, CS, CMA are allowed to appear/represent their client/practice

1. The Appellate Tribunal Forfeited Property for Chartered Accountant and Cost Management Accountant

2. The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity

3. The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal for Chartered Accountant

4. The Securities Appellate Tribunal

5. The Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal

6. The National Company Law Tribunal / National Company Law Appellate Tribunal

7. The Customs Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal

8. The Real Estate Regulatory Authority/ Real Estate Appellate Tribunal

9. The Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal

Relevant websites

Tribunals

1. The Appellate Tribunal for forfeited property: http://atfp.gov.in/

2. The Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal: http://www.cestatnew.gov.in/

3. The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal: http://itat.nic.in/, http://itatonline.org/

4. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India: http://www.ibbi.gov.in/

5. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT): http://www.nclat.nic.in/

6. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT): http://nclt.gov.in/

7. The National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission: http://ncdrc.nic.in/

8. The Securities Appellate Tribunal: http://sat.gov.in/

9. The Central Government Industrial Tribunal: https://cgit.labour.gov.in/

10. The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal: https://tdsat.gov.in/Delhi/Delhi.php

11. E-daakhil https://edaakhil.nic.in/edaakhil/faces/index.xhtml

12. state real estate regulatory authority

13. https://rera.ap.gov.in/RERA/Views/Home.aspx

14. https://rera.ap.gov.in/

15. http://123.63.38.197/

16. https://rera.cgstate.gov.in/

17. https://rera.goa.gov.in/reraApp/home

18. https://gujrera.gujarat.gov.in/

19. harayanarera.gov.in

20. harayanarera.gov.in

21. http://www.hprera.in/WebSite/Home

22. https://jharera.jharkhand.gov.in/

23. https://rera.karnataka.gov.in/home?language=en

24. https://rera.kerala.gov.in/

25. http://www.reat.mp.gov.in/contact-us

26. https://maharera.mahaonline.gov.in/

27. http://udpamizoram.nic.in/RERA.html

28. https://rera.odisha.gov.in/

29. https://www.rera.punjab.gov.in/index.html

30. https://rera.rajasthan.gov.in/

31. https://rera.rajasthan.gov.in/Tribunal

32. https://www.rera.tn.gov.in/

33. http://rera.telangana.gov.in/

34. https://rera.tripura.gov.in/

35. http://www.uhuda.org.in/

36. https://www.up-rera.in/index.aspx

37. http://rera.chbonline.in/

38. https://rera.delhi.gov.in/

39. http://prera.py.gov.in/

40. The Supreme court of India https://main.sci.gov.in/

41. The ILO Administrative Tribunal https://www.ilo.org/tribunal/lang–en/index.htm

42. The UN Administrative Tribunal: https://untreaty.un.org/unat/main_page.htm

43. The UN Appeals Tribunal https://www.un.org/en/internaljustice/unat/

44. The UN Disputes Tribunal https://www.un.org/en/internaljustice/undt/

Regulatory Bodies

1. The Airport Economic Regulatory Authority of India http://www.aera.gov.in/

2. The Association of Mutual Funds in India https://www.amfiindia.com/

3. The Board of Control for Cricket in India https://www.bcci.tv/

4. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission of India https://cercind.gov.in/

5. The Competition Commission of India https://www.cci.gov.in/

6. The Central pollution control board https://cpcb.nic.in/

7. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation https://www.dgca.gov.in/

8. The Federation of Indian Export Organisation https://www.fieo.org/

9. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) https://www.fssai.gov.in/

10. The Financial Stability and Development Council https://www.finmin.nic.in/financial-stability-and-development-council

11. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority https://www.irdai.gov.in/

12. The Inland Waterways Authority of India http://www.iwai.nic.in/

13. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India https://www.ibbi.gov.in/

14. The  Indian Chemical Council https://www.indianchemicalcouncil.com/

15. The National Biodiversity authority http://nbaindia.org/

16. The national Medical Commission https://www.nmc.org.in/

17. The Pension fund regulatory and development authority https://www.pfrda.org.in/

18. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Authority of India https://www.pngrb.gov.in/

19. The Reserve Bank of India https://www.rbi.org.in/

20. The Securities and Exchange Board of India https://www.sebi.gov.in/

21. The State Electricity Regulatory Commission http://www.derc.gov.in/ (total 26 commission for states and joint commission for union territories and other for states of Manipur & Mizoram)

Quasi-Judicial bodies: The Quasi-judicial bodies are institutes that have powers analogous to that of the law imposing bodies but these are not courts.

1. The National Human Rights Commission https://nhrc.nic.in/

2. The State Human Rights Commission http://www.shrc.tn.gov.in/

3. The Central Information Commission https://cic.gov.in/

4. The State Information Commission https://sic.maharashtra.gov.in/

5. The Competition Commission of India https://www.cci.gov.in/

6. The State Electricity Regulatory Commission https://cercind.gov.in/serc.html

7. The Banking Ombudsman

8. The Insurance Ombudsman https://www.policyholder.gov.in/ombudsman.aspx

9. The Income-tax Ombudsman https://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/pages/ombudsman.aspx

10. The Electricity Ombudsman http://www.mercombudsman.org.in/

Associations

1. The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) http://www.acmainfo.com/

2. The Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) https://ableindia.in/

3. The All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers’ Association (AIIGMA) https://aiigma.org/

4. The All India Airconditioning & Refrigeration Association (AIACRA) http://www.aiacra.com/

5. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) https://www.cii.in/

6. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) https://www.coai.com/

7. The Cement Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) https://www.cmaindia.org/

8. The Diamond Tools Association of India http://www.dtai.in/index.htm

9. The Engineering Export Promotional Council (EEPC) https://www.eepcindia.org/

10. The Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA) http://www.elcina.com/

11. The Electronic and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ECSEPC) https://www.escindia.in/

12. The Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ELCOMA) 13. http://www.elcomaindia.com/

14. The Express Industry Council of India (EICI) https://www.eiciindia.org/

15. The Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) https://ieema.org/

16. The Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) https://www.fhrai.com/

17. The Hologram Manufacturers Association of India (HOMAI) http://homai.org/

18. The Hotel Association of India (HAI) http://www.hotelassociationofindia.com/

19. The Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPAMA) https://www.printpackipama.com/

20. The Indian Refractory Makers Association (IRMA) http://www.irmaindia.org/

21. The Indian Machine Tools India Manufacturers Association (IMTMA) https://www.imtma.in/

22. The Indian Chemical Council (ICC) https://www.indianchemicalcouncil.com/

23. The Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA) https://www.stainlessindia.org/

24. The Indian Tea Association https://www.indiatea.org/

25. The Indian Drug Manufacturers’ Association (IDMA) http://www.idma-assn.org/

26. The Indian Polyurethane Association (IPUA) http://www.ipua.in/

27. The Manufacturers Association of Information Technology (MAIT) https://www.mait.com/

28. The National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) https://insa.in/

29. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) https://nasscom.in/

30. The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) https://www.indiaoppi.com/

31. The Organization of Plastics Processors of India (OPP) http://www.oppindia.org/

32.  The Project Exports Promotion Council of India (PEPC) http://www.projectexports.com/

33. The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) http://www.siamindia.com/Default.aspx

34. The Sugar Mill Association (ISMA) http://www.indiansugar.com/

35. The Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) https://stpi.in/index.html

36. The Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) http://www.sopa.org/

37. The Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (TEMA) http://www.tematelecom.net/

38. The Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association (India) (TMMA) http://www.tmmaindia.net/

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About Author :

(Dr.) Rajkumar Adukia is Author of more than 300 books, Business Growth, and Motivational Coach.

Member IFRS SMEIG London 2018-2020  Ex-director – SBI mutual fund, BOI mutual fund  Ph. D, LL.B, LLM (Constitution), FCA, FCS, MBA, MBF, FCMA, Dip Criminology, Dip in IFR(UK) Justice (Harvard), CSR, Dip IPR, Dip Criminology, dip in CG, Dip Cyber, dip data privacy B. Com, M. Com., Dip LL & LW

Student of – MA (psychology), MA (Economics),  IGNOU PGDCR, PGCAP etc

Chairman western region ICAI 1997, Council Member ICAI 1998-2016

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