Legal Updates: Recent Legal Changes Affecting Business
Courts Introduce New Electronic Procedures
Anew directive in Thailand will allow court pleadings and documents to be filed electronically. The Directive of the President of the Supreme Court on Submitting, Sending, and Receiving Pleadings and Documents via the Electronic Filing System came into effect on May 4, 2017.
The electronic filing system allows liti- gants to send and receive pleadings, notices, court orders, summonses, documents, and other types of warrants. In addition, required court fees and trial expenses may now be paid online via credit or debit card, bank transfer, or other methods specified in the Announcement of the Office of the Judiciary. Currently, only three courts offer this service: ( 1) The Civil Court ( Bangkok); ( 2) The Thon Buri Civil Court; and ( 3) The South Bangkok Civil Court. Per the directive, future courts that allow electronic filing will make public announcements.