Pattaya Court Publicises Legal Knowledge For TouristsRepresentatives from related agencies and more than 100 business people in Pattaya joined the programme that promotes legal knowledge for tourists’ disputes in Pattaya after Pattaya Provincial Court held a seminar about the new project.
Mr Wattana Wittayakul the chief of judges who is the chairman of the project of publicising legal knowledge and tourist disputes and Mr Apichart Tepnu chief judge of Pattaya provincial court, along with police officers, civil volunteers, and business people totalling more than 100 people who joined the programme at Long beach Garden Hotel and Spa.
Pattaya Provincial Court recognises the importance of protecting the rights of tourists when they are involved in the justice system which also applies to the citizens of Thailand. They have established a tourist investigation department and it has been running since September 5, last year. The importance of it is to serve tourists who find themselves involved in the justice system whether it’s a civil case or a criminals case.
In the civil case it covers all issues for services, goods, tours companies, or exploitation, the tourists have rights to file their complaints to the court. Then the court will appoint staff and counselling or mediation or coordinate to related offices to resolved the problem quickly and fairly, but if the mediation fails, the tourist part would appoint staff to file for in court. In Criminal cases they would provide assistance in consultation and coordination to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.
Mr.Apichart Tepnu, the judge chief, of Pattaya provincial court, revealed that, “ tourists visiting the country is likely to increase every year, also , soon, the country will enter ASEAN Economic Community which will bring an influx of labour, capital, immovable properties, and industries, into the country and will inevitably result in disputes whether civil or criminal at Pattaya Provincial Court. So the new tourist support system should elevate most of the dispute that end up in court.