MEDICAL MALPRACTICE & CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT


The Act establishes consumer councils at the national, state, and district levels. The objective of the council is to promote and protect the rights of the consumers. The Act establishes Consumer Dispute Redressal Agencies at the national, state and district levels for the adjudication of consumer disputes. After the expiration of the period for filing an appeal, the decision of any forum or commission, if no appeal is filed, is final. Each forum or commission, notwithstanding the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, exercises the powers of a Judicial Magistrate of the First Class for the trial of offenses under this Act. The provisions of the 1986 Act are in addition to and not in derogation of any other law for the time being in force.