Armed Forces Tribunal

Armed Forces Tribunal or AFT is a military tribunal in India. It was established under the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007. In 1999, the Law Commission’s 169th report stated that disciplinary and service matters required quick resolutions and proposed a special tribunal for the military and paramilitary forces.  .

The Armed Forces Tribunal Act 2007, was passed by the Parliament and led to the formation of AFT with the power provided for the adjudication or trial by Armed Forces Tribunal of disputes and complaints with respect to commission, appointments, enrolments and conditions of service in respect of persons subject to the Army Act, 1950, The Navy Act, 1957 and the Air Force Act, 1950.It can further provide for appeals arising out of orders, findings or sentences of courts- martial held under the said Acts and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

 The Judicial Members are retired High Court Judges and Administrative Members are retired Members of the Armed Forces who have held rant of Major General/ equivalent or above for a period of three years or more, Judge Advocate General (JAG), who have held the appointment for at least one year are also entitled to be appointed as the Administrative Member.

The following are the AFT benches presently functional in India :

  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Principal Bench), New Delhi
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Chandigarh
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Mumbai
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Lucknow
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Jabalpur
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Chennai
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Srinagar
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Kochi
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Jaipur
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Guwahati
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Regional Bench), Kolkata

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