contempt of court
23 Nov 2021
On 22 November, 9 activists were found guilty of contempt of court and sentenced to 10 days in jail by the Thanyaburi Provincial Court according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR). 3 of the activists are already in jail pending trial on other charges.
4 Nov 2021
Student activists Benja Apan and Nutchanon Pairoj have been sentenced to jail on contempt of court charges stemming from a protest at the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court on 29 April 2021 to demand the release of detained activists.
14 Jul 2021
According to a Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) report, at least 18 people in 14 cases have been charged under controversial contempt of court provisions in 2021. 14 arose in connection with protests calling for the right to bail of detained activists.
12 Sep 2019
The Supreme Court has postponed the hearing in the case of Sarinee Achavanuntakul, an academic accused of contempt of court for the publication of an article in the Krungthep Turakit newspaper, after the co-accused news editor did not appear at the hearing on 9 September 2019.
1 Sep 2019
Sarinee Achavanuntakul, writer, translator, and independent researcher, has been summonsed by the Election Cases Division of the Supreme Court after she was accused of contempt of court for the publication of an article in the Krungthep Turakit newspaper, says TLHR.
14 Dec 2017
The police have summoned Anon Numpa, a human rights lawyer and pro-democracy activist, because of a Facebook post criticising a verdict. Anon Nampa (file photo) According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights,
27 Nov 2017
The junta’s lawmakers have given the green light to a controversial bill which gives more power and protection to the Constitutional Court. The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on 23 November 2017 voted 188 in favour, none against and 5 abstentions, to pass the third reading of the draft Organic Law on the Procedures of the Constitutional Court, which was drafted by the Constitution Drafting Committee and submitted to the NLA in September.
3 Nov 2017
A provincial court has handed a six-month suspended jail term to a prominent anti-junta activist while putting six other activists on probation for one year. On 2 November 2017, the Khon Kaen Provincial Court read the verdict for seven pro-democracy youth activists indicted for contempt of court for organising activities on 10 February 2017 in symbolic support of Jatupat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa, They aimed to draw attention to issues in Thailand’s justice system.
29 Sep 2017
The security forces have sent a security officer to video-record the trial of activists charged with contempt of court despite the court’s prohibition.
27 Sep 2017
The junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) has protected the Constitutional Court against contempt under the organic law. Udom Ratamarit, spokesperson of the CDC, revealed that the CDC has submitted the draft organic law on the procedures of the Constitutional Court to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Voice TV reports. He said the NLA will consider the bill on 28 September 2017.
4 Sep 2017
The judicialisation of politics, or judicial activism, refers to circumstances where the judicial branch becomes an active player in politics, interfering in the affairs of the executive or legislative branches.
29 Aug 2017
The Criminal Court has handed another jail term of two months to an embattled anti-junta politician accused of contempt of court, but suspended the sentence for two years. On 28 August 2017, the Criminal Court sentenced Watana Muangsook, a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party, to two months in prison and a fine of 500 baht.