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The Thai Juvenile Justice in Brief

The author clarifies the criminal justice for minors in Thailand can be separated into 7 main tenets:

  1. The Juvenile and Family Court has jurisdiction over juveniles over the age of 10 but less than 18.
  2. Children younger than 15 cannot be held criminally liable for their actions.
  3. Arresting children for criminal actions must be used as a last resort.
  4. Instead of letting kids face the court they may be allowed to meet with judges and work things out.
  5. Only submit a complaint to the court if no disciplinary measures have worked so far.
  6. Alternative punishments to prison.
  7. Names and information on juvenile offenders are not released to the public.


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