The third bench started working at the Chandigarh Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) from Wednesday with the joining of Justice Prakash Krishna.
Krishna, 62, retired from the Allahabad high court on August 12 this year.
He had enrolled as an advocate in 1973 at the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council, Allahabad, and was elevated as permanent judge of the high court on December 21, 2002.
The AFT at Chandigarh already had two benches under Justice Rajesh Chandra and Justice VK Ahuja. It is one of the centres having the highest number of cases pending at around 5,000.
"The coming up of the third bench will help in quick disposal of cases," said Capt Sandeep Bansal (retd), advocate at the AFT.
A contempt petition filed by former AFT bar president Major Navdeep Singh for filling up of vacancies at AFTs is pending before the Punjab and Haryana high court and will come up for hearing in December.
The Chandigarh AFT covers the region of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.