Hua Hin: Free legal aid available nationwide - but can it be accessed by foreigners?

Hua Hin: Free legal aid available nationwide - but can it be accessed by foreigners?



Picture: Banmuang


Banmuang reported that the lawyers' association of Hua Hin have set up a legal aid desk at Hua Hin police station to offer free legal advice. 


The free service is available to suspects, victims and any member of the public who needs it, they said.


What they didn't say is if the service is available to foreigners such as expats residing in the city.


The project is part of a nationwide plan called "Quick Win" at police stations after a ministerial directive in June. 



Picture: Banmuang


About 150 stations nationwide - mostly those that deal with many cases - are involved in the scheme that is designed to create greater equality.


People can save money on expensive legal fees and visits to courts. 


Khunnawat Orsuwan, the chairman of the Hua Hin lawyers' association said that the service will be available at the station from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. 


There are 10,000 legal aid volunteers nationwide with 400-500 operating in Bangkok.


Some stations that are especially busy with 2000 plus cases a year will have the legal aid service up until 11.30 pm. 


Hua Hin station chief Pol Col Thanakorn Wongsirilak welcomed the lawyers to the station yesterday as the service began. 


Thaivisa would be interested to hear from any foreign expats who have tried to access the service. 


Source: Picture: Banmuang




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