New Supreme Court president Direk Ingkhaninant on Wednesday laid down policy guidelines aimed at ensuring efficient and speedy access to justice for members of the public.
Mr Direk's policy guidelines focused on three areas _ better protection of people's rights; development of judicial staff and the justice system; and promoting cooperation with neighbouring countries and the international community.
In terms of better protection of people's rights, the new president stressed the importance of developing a system to handle cases relating to the public interest such as consumer and environmental issues.
He said it was imperative to promote awareness about the administration of justice among judicial staff.
Mr Direk also talked about restructuring to ensure that the justice sector functions well, improving laws that currently obstruct the administration of justice and promoting the efficiency of the courts in the southern border provinces.
He said academic and legal cooperation would be enhanced to prepare the Thai judiciary for changes under the Asean Economic Community when it is launched in 2015.
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