After the official launch of the three special divisions chaired by Supreme Court president Direk Inkhanant, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the development of the criminal justice system concerning illicit human trafficking cases was also inked with four other state agencies to ensure efficient and concrete justice processes by relevant justice agencies.
They are the Office of the Attorney General, the Royal Thai Police, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Society Development and Human Security.
Criminal Court chief justice Atip Jitsamroeng said the new court divisions, which were approved earlier on May 22, were needed due to the nature of the crimes in these three categories, and the type of offences committed in these cases often involved people in a criminal network and are more complicated than ordinary criminal cases.
Secretary-general of the Office of Court of Justice Pattharasak Wannasaeng said the three new divisions would carry out their works differently from other divisions under the Criminal Court, as all three would handle crimes that effect the economy and society in large areas, provide witness protection programmes to witnesses threatened by influential persons or well known criminal networks, as well as finding witnesses who are in hiding, in fears of being threatened or harassed, along with taking care of special cases that have multiple victims.
Moreover, a coordination centre would be set up in each division to co-handle human trafficking cases, in order to efficiently work and solve problems, and protect the rights of victims and related witnesses.