The Thai Cabinet recently passed a bill on measures to be taken in lieu of criminal prosecution ("Bill"). If enacted, the Bill will provide alternative solutions for dealing with petty offences. The Bill, passed by the Thai Cabinet in February 2010, is now with the Thai Council of State.
The Bill marks a change from retributive to restorative justice. It focuses on reforming the offender and healing the victim by allowing for mediation and probation measures rather than prosecuting the case in a court of law.
The main aspects of the Bill are as follows:
The Bill seeks to enhance flexibility and efficiency in the criminal justice system by offering solutions aimed at healing and reintegrating, rather than alienating and punishing. If passed, the Bill will reduce the time, cost and complexity involved in adjudicating petty offences, while at the same time upholding justice and, hopefully, reducing the chances of recidivism.
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