To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Friday, August 26, 2011

Foreigners' RIGHTS Under Thai law Seminar 2011

It was a great opportunity for me to be part of the first ever seminar for Foreigners on Thai Laws held in Pattaya, City Hall last August 24, 2011. I got there at  twenty past twelve and amazingly there were already a lot of people  in the venue. The seminar was scheduled to start at one in the afternoon. The crowd was consisted mainly of  men and of senior age. It was indeed a great idea of the Mayor and the court judges along with the sponsors to come up with  the seminar as the topics are really important for the expats to be aware of especially in living in Thailand. It's commendable as well of them doing this service for free. I'd like to express my gratitude to the organizers of the event and hopefully as mentioned, there will be another seminar that will be held soon on Civil cases. Will surely look forward to it. Below are more info on the seminar details. I will share some insights and re-echo some topics of the event in another blog. 



Hosted by: Pattaya City Hall, Represented by Pattaya City Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome

Sponsored by: Pattaya Times Newspaper & PAPPA Co., Ltd. Law Office

Supported by: Chonburi Provincial Court & Pattaya Administrative Organization  

Panel: Chonburi Chief Judge Visit Sripibool and Presiding Judges from Chonburi Provincial Court

Moderator: American Drew Noyes, Managing Director PAPPA Co., Ltd. Law Office 

Date: Wednesday, August 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Arrive: from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Out of Respect for the Judges: DRESS CODE STRICTLY ENFORCED
Smart Casual: No shorts, T-Shirts, low-cut blouses 


Location: Pattaya City Hall
On North Pattaya Road Directly Opposite Tesco Lotus Superstore
Main Conference Hall, Thappaya Room in Pattaya City Hall on the 4th Floor 
Parking: In the parking garage behind the main build

Legal rights of foreigners in Thailand will be discussed in Pattaya at the upcoming seminar by a panel of presiding judges from Chonburi Provincial Court.

Chief Judge Visit Sripibool has instructed Presiding Judge Mahachai Srithongklang of Chonburi Provincial Court to organize a seminar in English to help foreigners in Thailand understand Thai law, the judicial system and their rights. This seminar will be held in cooperation with the Pattaya Administrative Organization in Pattaya City Hall.

Moderator for the Thai law seminar is American Drew Noyes, Managing Director of PAPPA Co., Ltd. Law office in Pattaya who will field questions about the Thailand Criminal Justice organizations and their powers, rights of an arrested person, bail in criminal and narcotic cases, plea of the accused, and sentencing guidelines. The judges will answer questions after giving an overview of the Criminal Justice organizations and their power. Additional topics include:

- Rights of an arrested person
- Bail in criminal and narcotic cases
- Plea of the accused
- Sentencing Guidelines


Press release on the seminar  here:

Chonburi Provincial Courts are stepping up their campaign to educate local expats on the finer points of the Thai Justice system.

Chonburi Provincial Courts are stepping up their campaign to educate local expats on the finer points of the Thai Justice system. In a recent press conference, Chonburi's Chief Judge, Visit Sriphiboon announced an upcoming seminar titled "Insight into the Criminal Proceedings for Adults in Thailand."  The seminar takes place on August 24 in Pattaya.

“The seminar is part of our project to inform foreigners living in Thailand on the justice system and is aimed at providing useful information about where they can ask questions to further understand the legal system. We will also have judges on hand who deal with criminal cases to explain the methods with which legal judgements are made,” said Visit Sriphiboon.

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