According to Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister ACM Prajin Juntong who presented the bills, both laws will help reduce the number of cases being tried in civil and criminal courts while at the same time promoting reconciliation and solidarity in society.
Cases that are eligible for mediation must be compoundable offenses or offenses punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment for three years.
Members of the legislature suggested that the term “compoundable offenses” should be made clear to prevent possible confusion and exploitation.
After voicing their support and observations, the lawmakers voted 158-0 with two abstentions to accept the bills and formed a 21-member committee to vet them in 60 days.
On the same day, the NLA passed the draft Nuclear Energy for Peace Act in its first reading. The bill was proposed by one of its members, Dr. Jate Sirataranon.