Tribunal Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Service) Ordinance of 2021
The Tribunal Reforms (Rationalisation and Conditions of Services) Ordinance of 2021 was issued by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice on April 4 this year to dismantle certain appellate tribunals like the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). The law amended the Cinematograph Act, Copyright Act, Customs Act, Patents Act, Airports Authority of India Act etc.
The Supreme Court, while upholding the ordinance, ruled certain provisions to be unconstitutional. It had struck down the provisions on the appointment in tribunals that requires a minimum age of 50 years for the appointment as Chairperson or members and prescribing the tenure of 4 years.