Phuket court to reopen tourist section

Tourists in Phuket's old town. (File photo: Achadthaya  Chuenniran)
Tourists in Phuket's old town. (File photo: Achadthaya Chuenniran)

The Phuket Provincial Court will reopen its tourist section to help visitors to the province settle court cases following a recent surge in litigation linked to tourists.

Phuket Provincial Court's Kriangsak Rodpunshoo said the large number of Thai and foreign tourists in Phuket has caused a surge in criminal and civil cases in which tourists are involved.

The rise in cases is affecting tourists' confidence in their personal safety and the potential risks to their property, and is also having an effect on tourism in general across the nation, said Mr Kriangsak.

"Proceedings in the tourist case section will help ensure justice for tourists when a criminal or civil dispute, or a dispute with a state agency, arises so they can receive legal protection," he said "This will build tourists' confidence and create a good image of Phuket province and tourism in Thailand as a whole."

The section first opened on Sept 24, 2017, but closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of its functions include assisting tourists in filing complaints, arranging negotiations and tracking down witnesses who are also tourists.

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  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี
  • civil: of a case filed a court that deals with non-criminal matters, especially complaints made by people against other people or organisations - คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาลแพ่ง
  • complaints (noun): when people say that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน
  • confidence: the quality of being certain - ความมั่นใจ
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • dispute: a serious disagreement - ข้อโต้แย้ง
  • justice: a fair result or punishment from a court of law - ความยุติธรรม
  • litigation: the use of the legal system to settle a disagreement - การฟ้องร้อง ดำเนินคดี
  • negotiations: formal discussion in which people or groups try to reach an agreement - การเจรจาต่อรอง
  • proceedings: the actions taken, usually in court, to settle a legal matter - การดำเนินการ
  • surge: a sudden increase in something - การเพิ่มขึ้นอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • witness: a person who sees something happen - ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
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