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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

165.  Claims   Tribunals.

  1. A  State   Government  may,   by notification in  the Official  Gazette, constitute  one or  more Motor Accidents Claims  Tribunals (hereafter  in this Chapter referred to as Claims Tribunal) for such area as may be specified in the notification for the  purpose of  adjudicating  upon  claims  for  compensation  in respect of  accidents involving  the death  of, or  bodily injury  to, persons arising  out of  the use  of motor vehicles, or damages to any property of a third party so arising, or both.

Explanation.--For the removal of doubts, it is hereby declared that the expression "claims for compensation in respect of accidents involving the death of or bodily injury to persons arising out of the use of motor vehicles" includes claims for compensation under section 140. 

  1. A  Claims Tribunal shall consist of such number of members as the State Government may think fit to appoint and where it consists of two or  more members,  one of  them shall be appointed as the Chairman thereof.
  2. A person shall not be qualified for appointment as a member of a Claims Tribunal unless he--
  1. Is, or has been, a Judge of a High Court, or
  2. Is, or has been, a District Judge, or
  3. Is qualified for appointment as a Judge of a High Court.
  1. Where two or more Claims Tribunals are constituted for any area, the State Government, may by general or special order, regulate the distribution of business among them.

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