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02 May 2006 :: 00:05:07 am 30369

Active Role of the Three Highest Courts in Easing the Political Crisis (01/05/2006)

The three highest courts, namely the Supreme Court of Justice, the Supreme Administrative Court, and the Constitutional Court, are playing an active role in helping ease Thailand’s political crisis.
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     Presidents of the three courts met on April 28 and came up with three guidelines for their operations in bringing the country out of the political dead end, in accordance with His Majesty the King’s advice.

     The first guideline says that each court will consider cases and deliberate them within its own jurisdiction, as stated in the Constitution, with honesty and independence. In the second guideline, all three courts will interpret relevant laws in the same direction in order to prevent conflicts and confusion among the people. The third guideline calls on each court to accelerate its deliberation of cases, based on necessity and the urgency of each problem. At the same time, the operations of the courts must keep pace with the evolving situation of the country.

     According to the Constitution, the Supreme Courts of Justice have the power to try and adjudicate all cases except those specified by the Constitution or the law to be within the jurisdiction of other courts. The Supreme Administrative Court is in charge of the administrative power of central, regional, and local authorities. It has the power to try and adjudicate cases of dispute between a state agency, or a state official, on one part, and a private individual on the other part, or between a state agency or official and another state agency or official. The Constitutional Court deals with matters of enforcing laws relating to the Constitution. When a case of dispute arises concerning the powers and duties of organs under the Constitution, the Constitutional Court will make a decision, if requested.

The agreement reached by the three top courts on the three guidelines has formed a new chapter in the history of Thailand’s judiciary. Secretary-General of the Supreme Court Charan Pakdithanakul said that the three courts operate independently with justice and will certainly have solutions to the current political crisis. He gave his assurance that the courts would not be slow in tackling the country’s problems. They would also take the same approach in considering the same law.

Meanwhile, the Central Administrative Court decided to suspend the by-election in 14 constituencies on April 29, pending a final decision on the nullification of the April 2 general election. The court had earlier received a complaint filed by a group of 10 persons seeking to nullify the April 2 election.

People are now placing high hopes on the judiciary. They have shown their satisfaction with the ruling of the three courts in the first stage. They are also waiting for other verdicts of the courts, which will come out in an effort to break the country’s political deadlock.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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