Connect with us


Mediation rooms officially open at Phuket City Police Station



PHUKET CITY: A new mediation center located inside Phuket City Police Station could reduce the number of cases in the provincial judicial system by up to 30%, police say.

Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pekad Tantipong and Phuket City Police Superintendent Wanchai Ekpornpit officially opened the center this morning.

Also present was Phuket Provincial Court Chief Justice Varangkana Sucharitakul, a well-known proponent of mediation who will take up a new post in the appellate court system in Bangkok in April, after serving a year in Phuket.

Two new mediation rooms will provide people with a space in which to settle disputes by civilized discussion, rather than costly litigation.

Complainants in disputes for which mediation is possible – known as ‘compoundable offenses’ in legalese – will be encouraged to choose mediation over prosecution.

More serious ‘non-compoundable’ crimes, such as acts of violence or crimes against the state, cannot be settled by mediation.

The Phuket Provincial Court’s team of 38 mediators will help negotiate between disputing parties.

The mediators, all trusted community members, include police officers, local leaders and businesspeople.

In 2009, the mediation center at Phuket Provincial Court successfully mediated 90.6% of civil cases and 72.3% of criminal cases entered into the system. By offering mediation services right inside the police station, the court hopes to settle disputes before they enter the court system at all.

The center at the police station has been open for one month, although it has yet to process any cases.

Court officials and mediators are currently setting up the organizational framework and working with police to ensure efficiency in selecting cases amenable to mediated settlement.

Col Wanchai said the center would relieve pressure on the overburdened justice system, saving time and money in the process.

“It will keep relations between parties on good terms and keep people happy,” he said.

Once in operation, the center is expected to reduce the number of cases processed by the police and related organizations, including the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, by 10% to 30%, he said.

It will open from 8am to 8pm daily.

The center can be contacted on 076-212115 or 076-216856.

— Atchaa Khamlo


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

World11 hours ago

25 arrested in Germany suspected of leading a ‘right-wing’ coup

Thailand14 hours ago

23 military students hospitalised after being trained too hard

Thailand14 hours ago

Thailand News Today | British man who loves Thailand banned for 5 years for overstaying

Sponsored17 hours ago

Top 5 Backlink Agencies in Bangkok for Your Business

Crime14 hours ago

Police arrest another Chinese visa overstayer living it up in Thailand

Hot News14 hours ago

Christmas present to Phuket motorists: Patong Hill road to reopen

Thailand15 hours ago

Firework maker killed in firework accident in eastern Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand15 hours ago

Lao star swindled by Thai celebrity, more than 500 million baht lost

Thailand16 hours ago

Father chains up daughter and forces her to return to abusive husband

China16 hours ago

China mulls downgrading Covid-19 status as protests continue

Business17 hours ago

Tesla to launch in Thailand this month

Apple17 hours ago

Two women sue Apple saying AirTag product gives stalkers access to their whereabouts

Thailand17 hours ago

Electioneering: Thaksin’s daughter vows to end poverty in Thailand

Thailand17 hours ago

Thai travel agent group says travel restrictions hamper tourism growth

Hot News17 hours ago

Thailand pushes for more international flights as tourism surges

Crime18 hours ago

Man stabs passersby in Bangkok, 1 killed 1 injured

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11