Corruption in the Judiciary : What About Our Guardians?
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Corruption in the Judiciary : What About Our Guardians?

UPDATE: By Observer in “Judicial Revolution or Judicial Coup?”:
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Rule of law would be great for Thailand. Rule by judges not.

/>BP: There are some great comments in that thread as well.
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/>In my post on “Judicial Revolution or Judicial Coup?”, there has been much debate (41 comments and counting) about the power vested in the judiciary and whether this is a good thing. The judiciary can come under all kinds of influence, but there is little mention in the media about corruption in the justice system. One could be blind to corruption and put faith in the justice system including the judiciary, but it is difficult to make a judgment about this without knowing how corrupt the justice system is.
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/>From this 2004 report (PDF) quoting a Thai government survey on corruption:
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/>Pasuk in 2001 puts the judicial corruption into perspective with details of the surveys (including the above chart):
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As to the general level of corruption in Thailand, 10 percent of households said that they had paid bribes when visiting public offices, averaging 1000 baht per year per household (about US$22 ). Of those involved in court cases over the years 1999–2000, 31 percent had been asked to pay bribes averaging 30,000 baht per case, with payments going to the police, public prosecutors, judges, secretary and clerical staff of the court and middlemen. Thirty percent of voters said that had been offered money for their votes, averaging 700 baht per household (Pasuk et al. 2000).
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/>All the surveys were done for the Civil Service Commission, and financed by a grant from the World Bank and the Asia Foundation.

/>BP: That 31% includes all aspects of the justice system and not just the judiciary, but as vote buying is treated as such a serious matter when it involves 30%, why is not corruption in the justice system also not treated as such a serious matter when 31% of people are asked to pay bribes?