The Tribunals Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2021

The Ministry of Law and Justice has notified the Tribunal Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service), Ordinance 2021 to reduce Tenure of Tribunal Members, their appointment. The Tribunal Reforms Ordinance, 2021, also aims to abolish existing tribunals set up under laws relating to cinematograph, copyright, trademark, airport authority, customs, patents, and others. The government has limited the tenure of a chairperson or member in a tribunal to four years. This is with an intent to override the apex court’s judgment last year which stipulated that the minimum term must be five years. This change, according to the bill, would not apply with respect to tenure of members or chairpersons who were appointed between May 26, 2017, and a notified date that will be specified later.