Kerala High Court
Kerala High Court

Proposal to constitute Special Bench for "High-Value Commercial Disputes"; Kerala HC seeks details of commercial cases worth over Rs 500 Cr

The Kerala High Court has requested Advocates to furnish details of pending commercial and tax cases worth Rs 500 Crore or more. The details have to be communicated to by July 23.

Lydia Suzanne Thomas

In a possible step towards constituting a Bench to deal with "high-value commercial disputes" in the Kerala High Court, the Court has requested advocates associated with commercial and tax disputes worth over INR 500 Crores to furnish details about these cases to the Court by July 23, 2020.

The Kerala High Court has requested this information in light of the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Supreme Court canvassing for views on the setting-up of Special Benches in High Courts to resolve "High Valued Commercial Disputes."

The details have to be communicated to, by July 23, 2020 (Thursday).

The Commercial Courts Act, 2015, provides for the establishment of Commercial Courts, Commercial Divisions, and Appellate Benches in High Courts that have Original Civil Jurisdiction. These Courts hear cases worth Rs 1 Crore or greater.

The Kerala High Court presently does not have a designated Commercial Division or a Commercial Appellate Bench.

The Notice cites the object of constituting a Commercial Bench for the resolution of 'High-Value Commercial Disputes' as a measure "to improve performance and to ensure speedy disposal of commercial disputes."

Read the Notice here:

Notice - Kerala HC - dated July 16, 2020.pdf
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