Legal Updates for October 2020

Amendments to the Civil Procedure Code: Civil Mediation before Litigation

On 8 September 2020, the Act amending the Civil Procedure Code (No.32) B.E. 2563 (the “Act”) was published in the Royal Gazette. The Act will come into force on 7 November 2020. The Act introduces a new legal provision which allows a party to a dispute to request an in-court civil mediation even before a complaint is filed with the court with a view to saving time and resources to be used in civil proceedings for the sake of the economic and social systems.

This Update highlights the key features of the new civil mediation mechanism, including the procedure and the timeline.