The Mediation Act, 2023
Chapter-VIII Mediation Council of India
Section 32: Composition of Council.
*32. (1) The Council shall consist of the following members, namely:—
(a) a person of ability, integrity and standing having adequate knowledge and professional experience or shown capacity in dealing with problems relating to law, alternative dispute resolution preferably mediation, public affairs or administration to be appointed by the Central Government—Chairperson;
(b) a person having knowledge and experience in law related to mediation or alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, to be appointed by the Central Government—Member;
(c) an eminent person having experience in research or teaching in the field of mediation and alternative dispute resolution laws, to be appointed by the Central Government—Member;
(d) Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice or his representative not below the rank of Joint Secretary— Member, ex officio;
(e) Secretary to the Government of India in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance or his representative not below the rank of Joint Secretary— Member, ex officio;
(f) Chief Executive Officer—Member-Secretary, ex officio; and
(g) one representative of a recognised body of commerce and industry, chosen by the Central Government—Part-Time Member.
(2) The Members of the Council, other than ex officio members, shall hold office as such, for a term of four years from the date on which they enter upon their office and shall be eligible for re-appointment:
Provided that no Member other than ex officio Member shall hold office after he has attained the age of seventy years, in the case of Chairperson, and sixty-seven years, in the case of other Members:
Provided further that if the Chairperson is appointed on Part-Time basis, then, at least one of the Members appointed under clauses (b) or (c) shall be a Full-Time Member.
(3) The salaries, allowances and other terms and conditions of Members other than ex officio Members shall be such as may be prescribed.
(4) The 1[Part-Time Member] shall be entitled to such travelling and other allowances as may be prescribed.
*Enforced w.e.f. October 09, 2023 [Notification No. S.O. 4384(E) dated 09.10.2023].
1. Substituted by Mediation (Removal of Difficulties) Order, 2023, w.e.f. 13.10.2023, for the word “Member”.
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