The Supreme Court on Wednesday remarked that Armed Forces Tribunals (AFT) across the country are functioning well in comparison to other tribunals, since AFTs have the right mix of judicial and military/ expert members..A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay S Oka took a dim view of the general plight of tribunals in the country, stating many of them are not able to effectively hear time-sensitive matters."We need some thinking out of the box. So many statutes have limitations, but the matters are not heard on time. If you have specialised tribunals, these are not manned," Justice Kaul remarked.Senior Advocate and former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi weighed in, adding that the practice of posting judges who are unfamiliar with specialised matters in tribunals should be done away with."This retired judge syndrome must end. Those in TDSAT or electricity tribunals would have never dealt with such matters in their life. And the other members on the coram with them then cannot say thing," Rohatgi said.Justice Kaul stressed on the need to have the right mix of judicial and expert members in tribunals."That is why by and large, like in Armed Forces Tribunals, where there is balance of judicial and military members, it has worked well," Justice Kaul replied.The Court was hearing an election petition which had been rendered infructuous..During the hearing, Justice Kaul also highlighted the importance of hybrid hearing highlighting how it has helped the bar and the bench."But now with technology, people can appear from anywhere. There should be hybrid hearings at every level I feel, it is a great facility," he said.