As criminal cases in the jurisdiction of the Municipal Court and the Juvenile and Family Court, are continuously increasing, the Public Prosecutor who cannot initiate the case with the Court in time prescribed by laws may request the approval to initiate the case with the Attorney-General, only if it causes delayed proceedings and affects the justice and fairness of the citizen. To make such a convenient and prompt approval as well as to protect the right and liberty of the citizen, The National Legislative Assembly announced the amended Municipal Court and Criminal Procedure Act, Volume 7, B.E. 2558 (2015) and Juvenile and Family Court Act, Volume 2, B.E. 2558 (2015) (the “Amendments”).
The Amendments were published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 9 September 2015 and came into force the following day. The material change of such Act is to increase the number of persons that are authorized to approve overdue cases of the Public Prosecutor. The authorized persons prescribed by the Amendments are as follows:
Furthermore, the Juvenile and Family Court Act, Volume 3, B.E. 2558 (2015) (the “Volume 3”) and the Juvenile and Family Court Act, Volume 4, B.E. 2559 (2016) (the “Volume 4”) were also published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 14 December 2015 and 29 January 2016, respectively, and came into force on the following day. The material changes of both Volume 3 and 4 are summarized as follows:
It seems that the Court procedure in Thailand is continuously developing for the protection of justice of the citizen. We shall monitor the development and change in Thailand.
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