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Tourism court floated
« on: April 30, 2013, 01:18:15 PM »
The Tourism and Sports Ministry floated an idea to establish a tourism court to increase confidence by expediting the judicial process for visitors.

Recent reports of robbery and crime against foreign tourists concerned Somsak Pureesrisak, tourism and sports minister.

He suggested Thailand establish a tourism court to directly handle tourism cases.

The ministry must receive support from related organisations such as the Royal Thai Police and the Justice Ministry. Setting up a tourism court would be complicated and requires amending existing regulations or passing a new law, he said.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry will ask the Justice Ministry to extend its working hours for a night court for tourism-related cases, in order to speed up the legal process. A new department under the Justice Ministry would handle tourism court cases.

Many countries including Singapore have tourism courts, said Mr Somsak.

Piyaman Techapaiboon, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT), said the idea was good but setting up a tourism court might not be easy.

"Until we have a tourism court, I think the ministry should find ways to support other agencies accelerating the lengthy legal process here," said Ms Piyaman.

Last year, tourist police received 1,938 complaints, down 5.96% year-on-year, while the number of arrests and prosecutions stood at 3,805 cases, up 50.6% from 2,527 cases in 2011.

The biggest share of law violations and arrests was related to immigration, which numbered 1,436 cases, rising by 1,067% from 123 cases in 2011. Second was unrest and snatching at 830 cases, down 11.9%, followed by illegal immigration with 455 cases, up 42%.

Mr Somsak said the ministry is confident it will achieve its target of 24 million tourist arrivals this year. However, spending per head for foreign tourists will eventually decline due to economic problems in their home countries.

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Re: Tourism courts to be set up in key sights
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 03:40:29 PM »


BANGKOK: -- A tourism division will be established at courts in key vacation destinations such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi to assist foreign visitors.

"Tourists who are the victims of thefts and robberies may have to face a lengthy trial and experience inconvenience because they only stay in the country for a short time," Tourism Minister Somsak Pureesrisak said yesterday.

He had discussed the problem with Court of Justice officials and found that hearings involving tourists could be expedited by setting up a tourism litigation division and extending office hours. The ministry agreed to reimburse overtime pay for judges and legal officials.

The ministry has discussed with all other agencies the plan to set up the division, with the exception of the prosecutors' office, which the minister would approach soon.

The project to include a tourism litigation division in provincial and district courts in tourism-oriented cities is part of a plan to increase tourism income to Bt2 trillion by 2015 by upgrading facilities and services to attract high-quality travellers.

The country is on track to meet this year's target of Bt1.1 trillion in income from foreign tourists and Bt500 billion from domestic tourists.

The priority will be on improving safety for tourists and investigating complaints against travel agencies.

Anchalee Wanittheppabut, the Democrat MP for Phuket, said the island needs mass-transit systems to cater to foreign arrivals because rapid urbanisation and development has caused heavy traffic congestion.

Tharat Thanitnont, an adviser to a tourism association in Krabi, said area needs funds to treat garbage and water waste.

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Re: Tourism court floated ♦ pie in the sky
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 01:00:27 PM »
Seems like people have no faith :-[

Phuket Opinion: Tourist Court, another pie in the sky


The Tourist Court is just another wonderful project for fantasy island. Image: Gazette Graphics

PHUKET: Recent talk of establishing a special court to fast-track legal cases involving foreign visitors raises some interesting issues, but at the end of the day is unlikely to result in little more than that: just talk.

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Re: Tourism courts ♦ up and running by September
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013, 03:55:53 PM »


Tourism courts on the way

BANGKOK, 17 July 2013: The Ministry of Tourism and Sports believes it can have a tourism court up and running by September  first in Bangkok and later in Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Samui and Phuket.

Late last week,  tourism minister, Somsak Pureesrisak, said the ministry will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Justice next month and hopes to establish the tourism courts by September.

However, there are legislation issues that could slow implementation.

“The tourism courts are making good progress…the courts will be set up at popular tourist destinations … the Ministry of Justice has a budget to fund intensive training courses in in France for judges,” he explained.

The courts will operate at existing district courts, but in the evenings so they can handle tourist related cases quickly and not disrupt the all ready crowded daily schedule of court sessions.

“We are opening the court to protect the rights of tourists and provide fairness to those who may have been the target of unfair treatment from tour agencies.”

Trials in will be mainly for civil cases, disputes over prices and scams, but not criminal cases.

The courts will operate from 1630 to 2030 in Bangkok first and then be extended to district courts in Pattaya, Phuket, Samui and Chiang Mai.

However, there are complications as existing regulations will need to be changed and it will require new legislation.

Last year, tourist police handled 1,938 complaints a decrease of 5.96% year-on-year, while the number of arrests and prosecutions stood stood at 3,085 cases up 50.6% from 2,527 cases in 2011

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Re: Tourist Court Aims to Double Penalties
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 11:57:17 AM »
Phuket Crime: Tourist Court Aims to Double Penalties, Says Vice Governor

EXCLUSIVE: Brave Enough to Change Phuket
PHUKET: A tourist court on Phuket is likely impose double penalties for crimes committed against tourists, a meeting heard yesterday.

Vice Governor Jamleran Tipayapongtada, who attended a key planning meeting in Bangkok on Friday, told Phuket council leaders that the court was likely to be ''a very special 100 percent promotion.''

''If you beat a tourist it would normally cost you 500 baht,'' he said. ''But if you beat a tourist and go to the tourist court, the price will be double,'' he said.

The vice governor and Phuket Governor Maitree Intrusud attended Friday's strategy meeting with Department of Special Investigation leaders and Ministry of Tourism and Sport officials.

From this coming Friday, the first Crime Crisis Centre will open on Phuket at the airport with a second coming soon, probably in Phuket City. Both will be open 24 hours.

Police from Bangkok will be on Phuket to carry out several campaigns, including one against illegal ''black'' taxis.

No time limit has been set and the action that begins on Friday is a campaign, not a short, sharp crackdown.

Vice Governor Jamleran told the meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall in Phuket City yesterday that the ''100 percent extra'' penalty for a crime against a tourist has yet to be confirmed but it was greeted enthusiastically by people at the meeting.

Tourist courts are likely to speed the process of justice for visitors who need to return home on schedule.

It's also hoped that local police and Tourist Police, who sometimes try to dissuade tourists from filing complaints, will be made more aware of the need for justice to be fully applied.

Earlier this year, a Chinese tourist who said she was kidnapped by a taxi driver at Phuket International Airport got little help from Tourist Police in Phuket City.

Two local Phuket women helped the tourist to pursue the case.

Phuket is likely to be the place where the tourist court is first introduced, then the ''Phuket model'' will be transported to Pattaya, Chiang Mai other destinations in Thailand.

It wasn't made clear at yesterday's meeting whether tourists convicted of crimes would also face double penalties, and whether expat residents would be categorised as tourists or treated the same as Thai citizens.

Phuketwan was the only Phuket news outlet with a reporter at yesterday's meeting.

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Re: Tourist court resolves first case
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013, 01:40:43 PM »
Relatives of Chinese killed in speedboat accident settle compensation in Pattaya

A speedboat accident that killed two Chinese tourists on August 28 was the first case resolved by Thailand's first tourist court in Chon Buri's Pattaya City.

After this specialised court section was opened on September 5 to fast track tourist-related cases and reassure travellers of their safety while visiting the country, families of the deceased Chinese tourists filed a civil complaint for compensation.

The Provincial Pattaya Court head judge Apichat Thepnoo said the court called in the speedboat owner and the insurance company to attend a dispute settlement procedure along with the plaintiffs, who spoke through a translator. The deceased tourists' families initially had asked for a total of Bt16 million in compensation.

At the second round of talks on September 6, both parties agreed that the insurance company would pay Bt1.3 million to each victim's family, while the speedboat owner would pay Bt1 million to each victim's family, he said. The families then took the compensation money in front of the court and said they wouldn't sue for further compensation. However the case's criminal code procedure was separated from this and would go on according to the justice system.

Speaking on the origin of this new specialised court section, Court of Justice spokesman Sitthisak Wanachakij said Tourism Minister Somsak Pureesrisak had a policy to join with the Court of Justice to take care of foreign holiday-makers - about 20 million visit Thailand every year.

He said the two agencies had agreed to open a tourist court section at seven provincial courts -Pattaya, Phuket, Samui, Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Bangkok's Dusit District covering Wat Phra Kaew and khao san Road areas and another in Pathumwan district covering Siam Square, Patpong and Silom areas.

Initially the seven tourist courts were to open on September 5 but due to the other courts' lack of preparedness, the tourist court was launched first only in Pattaya, which had about 70-90 civil and criminal cases per month last year hence the new addition was much welcome, he said.

The Phuket tourist court would be launched late this month, while the other five would gradually open before this year's end, Sitthisak added. He said each such court section required only a Bt1.5-million budget a year in addition to personnel and facility renovation. In future, they would be upgraded to a "division", in time for upcoming ASEAN community.

On September 3, the police, prosecutors, the Court of Justice and the Tourism Ministry signed an agreement to work together to take care of foreign tourists in the country.

The Pattaya tourist court operates from 8.30am to 8.30pm on weekdays, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, while other tourist courts might operate on different days and times depending on each zone's number of tourist-related cases.

The specialised court will encourage negotiations between parties and will have a videoconference to hear witness testimonies across provinces. The selection of judges for the tourist court also stresses negotiation and language skills, while the Tourism Ministry will also help improve manpower by sending judges to study tourist law in France.

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Re: jet-ski thug gets first taste of swift tourist court justice
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2013, 05:12:57 PM »
1,000 bht fine

Phuket jet-ski thug gets first taste of swift tourist court justice

The first cases heard in Phuket’s tourist court, which involved a jet-ski operator who attacked two tourists on Kata Beach, were resolved less than 36 hours after the incidents happened.

Danaichet Yomjinda, 25, who pled guilty to charges of assaulting the two men on Friday with a “No Swimming” flagpole, was issued a 1,000-baht fine and put on probation for two years.

The father and son, originally identified by police as Israeli, were confirmed to be Australian nationals during the court hearing.

“The two assault cases, one against the father and one against the son, were transferred to the court on Saturday morning. They were tried as two separate cases,” said an officer at the tourism court.

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

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Re: Tourism court floated
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2013, 10:10:55 PM »
I fell victim to a jet ski scam in Pattaya a few years ago. The owner of the jet ski business claimed I damaged his jet ski. The police were called but I still ended up paying 5,000 baht for some chipped paint. Somehow I think the police are in on these scams too as they didn't seem interested in listening to what I had to say.
 

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Re: Tourism court floated
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2013, 07:24:37 AM »
It seems to be a common story, Top Gun. Some say that the damage is pre-existing and covered by paint that comes off in the sea. I have heard of no cases where the BIB support the customers.
 

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Re: jet-ski thug gets first taste of swift tourist court justice
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2013, 11:05:31 AM »
1,000 bht fine

Phuket jet-ski thug gets first taste of swift tourist court justice

The first cases heard in Phuket’s tourist court, which involved a jet-ski operator who attacked two tourists on Kata Beach, were resolved less than 36 hours after the incidents happened.

Danaichet Yomjinda, 25, who pled guilty to charges of assaulting the two men on Friday with a “No Swimming” flagpole, was issued a 1,000-baht fine and put on probation for two years.

The father and son, originally identified by police as Israeli, were confirmed to be Australian nationals during the court hearing.

“The two assault cases, one against the father and one against the son, were transferred to the court on Saturday morning. They were tried as two separate cases,” said an officer at the tourism court.

“If Mr Danaichet is caught committing a crime during his probation, he faces a penalty of three months in prison,” the officer explained.

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Tourist Court Aims to Double Penalties     phuketwan

so the 1,000 bht fine would have been 500 bht :uhm
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Re: Tourism court floated
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2013, 06:51:37 PM »
I just don't rent them anymore and I tell everyone I know to stay away from those crooks.
 

 



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