"The government is pushing for implementation of an online e-court judicial system, the better to prepare for the greater complexities of international e-commerce legislation under the Asean Economic Community", reports the Bangkok Post. As matters stand now, there is no one centralized publicly accessible data-base for court filings in Thailand. Because information on court proceedings are a standard feature of almost any due diligence conducted in relation to a listing, an acquisition or virtually any other significant commercial transactions, this gap in the Thai legal infrastructure complicates and adds to the cost and risk of doing business in Thailand.
By contrast, in the U.S. a broad range of information on federal legal proceedings is available by accessing the Pacer data-base and other publicly available on-line resources. Although Pacer has been criticized as being cumbersome and not free (10 cents a page), it nonetheless provides broad access to public filings in the U.S. There is no equivalent in Thailand. This firm regularly employs Pacer and other on-line resources to track proceedings in the U.S. that concern its clients and Thailand generally, including particularly cases brought under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.