Civil Law

Civil Law


Civil law In Thailand is the branch of law that deals with the rights and obligations of individuals, such as personal estate, property, debt, legal act, family and inheritance, etc. Civil law is based on written codes that are applied by judges and courts. In contrast, common law is based on precedents and judicial decisions that are binding on lower courts.

Civil law in Thailand has strong common law influences. The main source of civil law in Thailand is the Civil and Commercial Code (CCC), which contains provisions on natural persons, juristic persons, things, juristic acts, obligations, contracts, torts, property, family, succession and more. The CCC was enacted in 1925 and has been amended several times since then. The CCC is influenced by the civil codes of European countries, especially the UK, Germany and France, as well as by the ancient Hindu Code of Manu and local customs.

From a law firm’s perspective, civil law in Thailand poses some challenges and opportunities for legal practice. Some of the challenges include:

– The complexity and ambiguity of some provisions in the CCC, which may lead to different interpretations and applications by judges and courts.

– The lack of binding precedents and judicial opinions, which may create uncertainty and inconsistency in the legal system.

– The difficulty of accessing and updating legal information, especially for foreign lawyers who may not be familiar with the Thai language and culture.

That is why it is important to instruct an international law firm like Isaan Lawyers International who understand the Thai laws and systems but importantly what our foreign, expat and overseas clients need.

Some of the opportunities include:

– The diversity and dynamism of the Thai legal market, which offers a variety of legal services and clients across different sectors and industries.

– The increasing demand for legal advice and representation in civil matters, especially in areas such as commercial transactions, foreign investment, intellectual property, consumer protection, family law and inheritance.

– The potential for alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as arbitration and mediation, which may provide more efficient and cost-effective ways of resolving civil disputes.

– The possibility of legal reform and development, which may improve the quality and accessibility of civil law in Thailand.

What ever your Civil law in Thailand needs or case, contact Isaan Lawyers International who have been representing the needs of Expats and foreign nationals in and out of court in Thailand since 2006.

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