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PHUKET: Faced with thousands of unresolved cases, Phuket Provincial Court on Tuesday launched a “night court” service in an effort to reduce the backlog.

Phuket Court Acting Chief Justice Audthakarn Foojaroen and fellow justices yesterday held a press conference at the courthouse to announce the night court hours, which run Monday to Friday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm.

The night court will hear two civil and petty criminal cases per day, and as many as 20 consumer complaint cases.

Four mediators will be on duty to try and settle disputes before they reach the courtroom floor, Justice Audthakarn said.

The Court will also begin hearing 10 cases daily on Saturdays and Sundays, starting this weekend.

These will include criminal cases, as well as civil cases involving property and inheritance disputes. The Court will hear the first five cases in a morning session starting at 9am, then adjourn until the afternoon session that begins at 1:30pm.

The unprecedented move stems from the fact that although Phuket already has the highest per capita litigation rate of any province in the south of Thailand, the increase in the number of new cases continues to grow.

The 20 judges are already handling from 8,000 to 9,000 cases annually, but still face a backlog of about 3,000 unsettled cases.

“Phuket Provincial Court is one of the busiest courts in Southern Thailand. Most litigation involves criminal, consumer cases and land dispute cases. I believe we will continue to have more land dispute cases come in since land prices in Phuket continue to increase,” Justice Audthakarn said.

Justice Worawong Audcharawongchai, who heads the mediation section, said every case needs to go through the mediation process first.

“It helps reduce the number of cases the Court needs to hear. Some 90 per cent of consumer complaint cases are successfully mediated, but only about 10 per cent of cases involving property and other assets are settled this way,” said Justice Worawong.

Justice Audthakarn said the expanded hours will make it easier for parties with busy daytime schedules to find the time to reach mediated settlements.

— Warisa Temram



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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