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Lok Sabha Passes Arbitration and Reconcilliation Amendment Bill, 2015



Lok Sabha Passes Arbitration and Reconcilliation Amendment Bill, 2015 
The Lok Sabha has today passed the Arbitration and Reconciliation (Amendment Bill), 2015 by voice vote. The Bill seeks to make the arbitration process more investor-friendly, cost effective and suitable for expeditious disposal of cases. It will also facilitate in making India a hub of international commercial arbitration. 


It may be noted that the President had promogulated an ordinance for amending the earlier prevalent act, the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 related and for matters connected there with or incidental thereto.

The union cabinet had approved promulgation of this ordinance on 21.10.2015 and had recommended the same to the President. 

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Appointment of Additional Judges in High Courts 
In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Asapu Ramalingeswara Rao, to be an Additional Judge of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, for a period of three months with effect from 21st December, 2015.

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Dama Seshadri Naidu, to be an Additional Judge of the Kerala High Court, for a period of three months with effect from 21st December, 2015.

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint S/Shri (1) Bulusu Siva Sankara Rao, (2) Mandhata Seetharama Murti, (3) Saripella Ravi Kumar, (4) Upmaka Durga Prasad Rao, (5) Talluri Sunil Chowdary, (6) Mallavolu Satyanarayana Murthy, (7) Misrilal Sunil Kishore Jaiswal, (8) Ambati Shankar Narayana, and (9) Smt. Anis, to be Additional Judges of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, for a period of three months with effect from 23rd January, 2016. 
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Shri Amitav Kumar Gupta Appointed as an Additional Judhe in Jharkhand High Court 
In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Amitav Kumar Gupta, to be an Additional Judge of the Jharkhand High Court, for a period of three months with effect from 18th December, 2015. 
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Appointment of Additional Judges in High Courts 
In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Asapu Ramalingeswara Rao, to be an Additional Judge of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, for a period of three months with effect from 21st December, 2015.

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Dama Seshadri Naidu, to be an Additional Judge of the Kerala High Court, for a period of three months with effect from 21st December, 2015.

In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint (1) Shri Bulusu Siva Sankara Rao, (2) Shri Mandhata Seetharama Murti, (3) Shri Saripella Ravi Kumar, (4) Shri Upmaka Durga Prasad Rao, (5) Shri Talluri Sunil Chowdary, (6) Shri Mallavolu Satyanarayana Murthy, (7) Shri Misrilal Sunil Kishore Jaiswal, (8) Shri Ambati Shankar Narayana, and (9) Smt. Anis, to be Additional Judges of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, for a period of three months with effect from 23rd January, 2016. 
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Merger of Various Tibunals 
A preliminary study on merger of various tribunals in the country has been done, but the final decision has not been taken.

Being specialized bodies, the disposal of cases by Tribunals is faster than that of the courts;

No centralized data is maintained regarding the cases pending in various tribunals;

Being statutory creation, discharging quasi-judicial functions Government does not interfere in the functioning of tribunals;

However, the Constitution (One Hundred and Fourteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 25 August 2010 with the objective of bringing the retirement age of High Court Judges at par with that of the Supreme Court Judges by increasing the retirement age of Judges of High Courts from 62 to 65 years. The Bill was referred to the Parliamentary Standing committee for examination and report, which recommended that the proposed Bill in its present form should be passed withourt delay. The Bill could not be taken up for consideration and passing in the Parliament. On completion of term of the 15th Lok Sabha in February 2014, the Bill stands lapsed and so it is not under consideration.

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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Judicial Reforms 
National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms was set up with the twin objectives of increasing access by reducing delays and arrears in the system and enhancing accountability through structural changes and by setting performance standards and capacities. The Mission has been pursuing a co-ordinated approach for phased liquidation of arrears and pendency in judicial administration which, inter-alia, involves better infrastructure for courts including computerization, increase in manpower strength of judiciary, suggesting policy and legislative measures in the areas prone to excessive litigation, recommending re-engineering of court procedure for quick disposal of cases and emphasis on human resource development. On account of concerted efforts made by the stakeholders, the increasing trend of pendency of cases in the Supreme Court, High Courts and District & Subordinate Courts has been checked.

The Budget Estimates for various Plan Schemes of Department of Justice viz. Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary, e-Courts Mission Mode Project, Strengthening of Access to Justice etc. for the current financial year (2015-16) are Rs. 806.65 crore.

The National Judicial Academy (NJA) has made changes in delivery of training programmes in the Academic Year 2015-16 to inculcate better use of technology among Judges in a stress free environment. A session on library reading and computer skills has been introduced for one hour each every day after technical sessions are over. Further, management and psychology disciplines to resolve disputes, conflicts, differences with peers and other stakeholders in the justice system have been introduced.

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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Voting by Overseas Electors 
The proposal to allow the alternative options of voting by overseas electors in the form of (i) ‘e-Postal Ballot System’ which envisages making available blank postal ballot electronically to the NRI Voters and thereafter return of the same by normal post and (ii) ‘proxy voting which would allow such voters to appoint a proxy after following certain formalities and exercise his franchise through the medium of the proxy so appointed, is under consideration of the Government.

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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Curriculum of National Judicial Academy 
The National Judicial Academy (NJA) has made changes in the Academic Year 2015-2016 for delivery of training programmes so as to make Judges tech-savvy as well as stress-free. These include introduction of sessions on library reading and computer skills training in all training programmes and introduction of management and psychology to resolve disputes, conflicts, differences with peers and other stakeholders in the justice system. Furthermore, three programmes have been designed this year to raise awareness and build capacity of Judges on use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Court room procedures. An exclusive two day Stress Management Workshop for High Court Judges has also been introduced for the first time.

This information was given by Union Minister of Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 


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