NRC scrutinises legal world in search of a more efficient justice system

national March 25, 2015 01:00

By NITIPOL KIRAVANICH
THE NATION

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THE NATIONAL Reform Council yesterday acknowledged reports and drafts compiled by the committee on legal and justice system reform - proposals designed to improve legal standards of every organisation in the justice arena.



The NRC met to scrutinise the reports of two committees, one for reform of the legal and justice systems, and another for religious-affairs reform.
The chairman of the committee on legal and justice reform, Seree Suwanphanont, said there were many issues in law that needed reforming – for instance, enforcement still lagged in efficiency.
“There must be reform for the whole justice area, strengthening some laws or drafting new ones for the improvement of society. Much wrongdoing is common in the community because enforcement is not efficient enough,” he said.
Seree, who is a legal expert, |also focused on police reform. He suggested that in some cases if police and lawyers collaborated in their investigations, they could project better justice towards the courts.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the subcommittee of justice system reform on independent organisations, Prasit Pathumarak, told the meeting that delayed justice reflected injustice in that system.
Prasit is responsible for scrutinising independent bodies appointed under the 2007 Constitution. He pointed out that many people had suggested that the work of these agencies must be processed faster and more efficiently to promote better justice for all.
He added that other issues covered the sources of agency members, interference among organisations, and the structures of some independent legal bodies.
He said he had scrutinised the structure, authority and jurisdiction of the Election Commission, the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Office of the Auditor-General of Thailand, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Office of the National Human Rights Commission.
He said one aspect of concern was that these agencies needed to promote true justice. Prasit said, for example, in the arranging of elections, buying votes from politicians must be eliminated.
Another NRC member, Udom Fuangfoong, who is chairman of a subcommittee on court reform, urged that his subcommittee suggest no reform for military courts. Because these courts merely scrutinised wrongdoing by soldiers, the Constitution Drafting Committee should not apply the same standards of the Courts of Justice and the Administrative Courts with the military courts, he said.

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