The Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) is all set to commemorate its 40th year of successful journey on March 19, 2023. The event will include the release of a souvenir marking the 40 years of CESTAT.

CESTAT’s Journey So Far

CESTAT was constituted in the year 1982 on October 11, under article 323 B of the Constitution of India and section 129 of the Customs Act, 1962. The Principal Bench of the Tribunal is in Delhi, and it initially had three Regional Benches in Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. Since then, five more Regional Benches have been constituted in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Chandigarh, and Hyderabad. The Tribunal has a sanctioned strength of 16 Judicial Members and 16 Technical Members.

Working Sessions of the Commemorative Function

The commemoration function will include two working sessions:

The first session will discuss the ‘Use of Technology in Tribunals for Speedy Delivery of Justice.’ The session will be presided over by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, Judge, Delhi High Court. This discussion is of utmost importance in today’s digital world, where technological advancements have brought a significant change in the functioning of legal systems worldwide.

The second session will be on ‘Experiments of Tribunals – Triumphs and Tribulations,’ and it will be presided over by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Pankaj Mithal, Judge, Supreme Court of India. This discussion will focus on the experiences of the tribunals and their successes and challenges. It will be an opportunity for the attendees to learn from the experiences of the tribunals.

Improvements in the Working of the Tribunal

Over the past four years, CESTAT has taken numerous steps to improve its working. All orders passed by the Tribunal, whether in the nature of Final Orders or Interim Orders or Daily Orders, are uploaded on the website of the Tribunal without any delay. This has resulted in providing timely information about the proceedings to the parties and avoiding sending individual notices to the parties regarding the next dates fixed by the Tribunal. A dynamic display board is also available in the courtrooms and other prominent places in the Tribunal.




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