A number of the island’s top government officials recently attended the sworn declaration ceremony of the second batch and award ceremony to the first batch of associate judges of the Labor Court Region VIII. The Court’s Chief Judge Jaran Naowapananon presided over the ceremony.
The second batch of Labor Court VIII associate judges, 34 in all, has been appointed by HM King Bhumibol. Divided into 24 judges representing employers, and 10 assigned to defend employees, the associate judges will each have tenure of three years starting from August 14, 2014. The 2007 Royal Act concerning the structure of Thailand labor courts (issue 2, clause 14/2) stipulates that all appointed associate judges must be sworn in in front of the chief judge before taking up their duties.
Chief Judge Naowapananon congratulated the new officers who he said should be proud to be appointed by His Majesty. Associate judges must deliberate cases with utmost honesty and fairness. They must also have a complete understanding of the structure of the labor court as well as being kind and always ready to sacrifice for the sake of the society. Additionally, they must heed the oaths and employ these throughout their tenure to make the Labor Court Region VIII an upright institution trusted and accepted by all, he ended.