Karnataka Appellate Tribunal

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// SECTION 5(1) OF KAT ACT: Any reference in any law to the said Tribunals shall be construed as a reference to the Tribunal constituted under this Act.//

IGNORANCE OF LAW CAN NOT BE AN EXCUSE - HOW TO KNOW WHICH LAW EXISTS ?
SUPREME COURT AND HIGH COURT DECISIONS ARE EXTENDED LAWS - WHERE DO YOU GET THEM ?
HOW A TRIBUNAL IS DIFFERENT FROM A COURT ?
How to represent yourself without an Advocate?
How to track your case?
What assistance you can expect from the KAT Staff?
What assistance is not given by the KAT Staff?
WHETHER TO APPROACH A CIVIL COURT OR THE TRIBUNAL ?
WHY THE ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS ALL OVER INDIA HAVE A JUDGE AS A CHAIRMAN WHILE THE APPELLATE TRIBUNAL HAS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER AS A CHAIRMAN?
WHAT TO DO IN CASES OF MALICIOUS EXERCISE OF POWER BY THE EXECUTIVE ?
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO KNOW THESE PLEASE EXPLORE THIS SITE

Tribunals are set up with the main objective of giving speedy legal remedies and are not as formal as regular Courts. But the Judicial Officers who take similar decisions in the Courts are also part of the benches which hear cases.

Depending on whether the visitor is a citizen just interested in knowing how the KAT functions or a litigant before the KAT, enough materials have been given to make the visitor's effort of visiting this site meaningful. The site directly helps advocates and other who appear before the Tribunal. It also helps the members, the officers and the staff of the Tribunal also.

Reasons for creating the Karnataka Appellate Tribunal as given in the preamble to the KAT Act 1976- the only one of its kind in the Country

Appeals pertaining to the Commercial Taxes and Co-operative departments were being heard by a Bench consisting of a District Judge member and an officer of the concerned department, co-opted for the occasion. Similarly in the case of commercial taxes appeals, a non-official, who is an accountant had to be co-opted by the Chairman.

The aforesaid system involved practical difficulties like, having a panel and securing co-opted members keeping such co-opted members without work on non-working days, etc.

It was felt that for the better discharge of the Tribunal’s work instead of co-opted members permanent members drawn from the concerned departments were necessary.

Against the decision of the erstwhile Sales Tax Appellate Tribunal in commercial tax matters, a revision lay to the High Court. But this was done away with.

It was however felt that as these matters involved large sums of State revenues a revision against the Tribunal's decision to the High Court was necessary.

It was also felt that the Tribunal should have certain powers of a civil court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
Amendments in terms of the aforesaid were necessary since numerous matters relating to Commercial Taxes were pending before the Tribunal.
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