Top Judges to Look Into Setting Up Commercial Courts Next Week
New Delhi: India’s top judges will look to draw up a roadmap for establishing commercial courts to ensure speedysettlementof high-valuebusiness disputes next week.
The move, which is likely to give a boost the government’s initiatives to improve‘easeof doingbusiness’,will be deliberated upon and decided at a three-day conference of chief justices starting April 22 in Delhi. T h e C o mme r c i a l C o u r t s , C o mmerc i a l D i v i s i o n and Commercial Appellate Division of HCs Act, 2015, for which President Pranab Mukherjee gave his nod in January, has set the stage for establishment of commercial courts.
Equivalent to district courts, commercial courts are to be set up in states and union territories where high courts do not have ordinary original civil jurisdiction.
The bill for commercial courts was moved in the Rajya Sabha in April last year. Then, law minister DV Sadananda Gowda had said that the bill reflected the commitment of the Narendra Modi government to improve “investment climate and spur economic growth” in the country.
At the chief justices’ conference, to be headed by CJI Tirath Singh Thakur, “the superior judiciary wants to deliberate upon how and where to establish commercial courts to ensure that business disputes are decided at the earliest”, a highly placed sources privy to the agenda told ET.
“Speedy disposal of commercial disputes will give a clear message that commercial litigation is being taken up at priority and that any investment in the country will not be delayed on account of litigation,” the person said.
Another key issue that the top judges would take up during the conference is augmenting alternative disputes redressal (ADR) mechanism.
“The endeavour is to provide an easy, cheap alternative to fruitless litigation,” said a senior HC judge, requesting anonymity.
Other agenda points in the conference include reform in the justice delivery system and providing legal aid to the poor.
ET in February had reported that the Chief Justice of India had written to chief justices of all high courts inviting suggestions on issues to be taken up during the conference.
The CJI had made it clear that he wants to make ‘five plus zero’ —an initiative of the superior judiciary to ensure that cases pending for more than five years in courts are taken up on a priority basis and the number of such cases brought down tozero — a reality.