Thailand: ICJ submits recommendations on criminal justice reform amendments

by | Jul 24, 2018 | Advocacy, Open letters

The ICJ has submitted recommendations to Thailand’s Criminal Justice Reform Committee concerning the Draft Amending Criminal Procedure Code Act and the Draft Act On Judicial Process Timeframe, which were scheduled for public consultation today.

The ICJ welcomed the Criminal Justice Reform Committee’s efforts to enhance the effectiveness and fairness of the criminal justice system in Thailand, through proposed amendments to Thailand’s Criminal Procedure Code B.E. 2551 (2008) and the Judicial Process Timeframe Act.

The ICJ noted, however, that modifications would be necessary to some of these amendments to ensure they optimally served the ends of justice and were in conformity with international standards.

In particular, the ICJ commended the Committee’s inclusion within the Draft Amending Criminal Procedure Code Act of the following provisions and made recommendations as to how these provisions could be further strengthened:

  • Section 13/1. Video and audio recordings of arrests and/or searches
  • Section 13/2. Prohibitions against violation of the presumption of innocence
  • Sections 121/2, 123 and 124/2. Lodging of criminal complaint with the public prosecutor, at any location and through email or other online medium
  • Section 136. Video and audio recordings of inquiry or interrogation
  • Section 161/1. Right of the court to dismiss a case where it is filed in bad faith or with misrepresentation of facts in order to harass or take advantage of a defendant
  • Section 165/1. Allowing the defendant to submit a defence plea and produce supporting evidence in court
  • Section 179/1. Trial in absentia


Kingsley Abbott, ICJ Senior Legal Adviser, e:

Full letter in English (PDF): Thailand-CPC-Amendments-Advocacy-Open-letters-2018-ENG

Full letter in Thai (PDF): Thailand-CPC-Amendments-Advocacy-Open-letters-2018-THA.pdf

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