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Bill to replace ordinance on commercial courts introduced in Lok Sabha

The bill, introduced by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, allows state governments to establish commercial courts at the district level.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2018 22:14 IST
Commercial Courts,commercial disputes,ease of doing business
The proposed law reduces the pecuniary jurisdiction of commercial courts from Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 lakh.(PTI )

Seeking to improve India’s ranking in the ease of doing business index, a bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday to amend a law for speedy disposal of commercial disputes.

The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, which will replace an ordinance, reduces the pecuniary jurisdiction of commercial courts from Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 lakh.

The bill, introduced by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, allows state governments to establish commercial courts at the district level.

It also seeks to reduce the pecuniary jurisdiction of commercial courts from Rs 1 crore to Rs 3 lakh.

The Commercial Courts Act, 2015, provides for commercial courts and commercial divisions of high courts to settle commercial disputes with a value of at least Rs 1 crore.

The proposed law would bring down the time taken from the present 1,445 days in resolution of commercial disputes of lesser value.

Ease of doing business is an index of the World Bank, which refers to the dispute resolution environment in a country that facilitates an investor in deciding to set up and operate a business.

The amendment also provides for establishment of commercial courts at the district-judge level for territories over which the high courts of Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Himachal Pradesh have ordinary original civil jurisdiction

The introduction of the pre-institution mediation process in cases where no urgent interim relief is contemplated will provide an opportunity to the parties to resolve the commercial disputes outside the ambit of courts through authorities constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act

The law will be given prospective effect so that the authority of the judicial forum at present adjudicating the commercial disputes is not affected.

Increase of foreign direct investment and overseas commercial transactions have further contributed to a significant rise in the number of commercial disputes in the country.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 22:13 IST