Royal Pardon

Royal Pardon is the granting of pardon to a person given a punishment by the Thai courts. The pardon may be either in the form of an unconditional release, a commutation or reduction of punishment. This depends on the discretion of His Majesty the King as stated in Section 221 and 225 of the Constitution (B.E. 2540) and Section 259 to 267 of Division 7: Pardon, Commutation and Reduction of Punishment in the Criminal Procedure Code Amendment Act (No. 23), B.E. 2548.

Collective Royal Pardon

According to section 261 bis. of the Criminal Procedure Code, the cabinet may submit to his Majesty the King a recommendation for the granting of a pardon.  In so doing, the cabinet will prepare the draft of the royal pardon decree and propose to his Majesty the King for promulgation.  All the procedure is taken by the authority, without requiring any actions of the prisoners.

The collective royal pardon is granted on special ground on auspicious nation events; for example, on the occasion of the Long-Reign Celebration and the Golden Jubilee.

1. Professionally keeping prisoners into custody
2. Efficiently providing rehabilitation for prisoners

Individual Royal Pardon

Individual Royal Pardon is granted as a matter of routine procedure.  Any convicted prisoner or a concerned person wishing to petition his Majesty the King praying for pardon may do so by submitting such petition through official channel.  However, whether or not the pardon is granted shall be subject to the King’s discretion based on the recommendation submitted by the Minister of Justice.
Who can submit a petition?

* Convicted prisoners
* Concerned persons: parents, offsprings and spouse
* Diplomatic representatives (only in the case of foreign prisoners)

(Note:  Lawyers are not regarded as concerned persons)

When can the petition be submitted

* For prisoners imposed with sentence other than death, the petition can be submitted    at once the case becomes final
* For prisoners sentenced to death, the petition must be submitted within 60 days from    the date of hearing the judgement.

Procedure of submitting the petition

After a case has become final, a person sentenced to whatever punishment or an concerned person can submit a petition either through the prison authority, the Ministry of Justice, The Office of His Majesty Principal Private Secretary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Embassy of his/ her country.  Upon receiving of such petition, the Department of Corrections shall forward the petition to the prison authority to verify the accuracy of information.  After that, the Department shall forward the petition together with the recommendation to the Minister of Justice, who will then propose the petition to his Majesty the King through The Secretariat of the Cabinet and The Office of His Majesty Principal Private Secretary. Once informed the result of the petition, Department of Corrections shall notify the petitioner and take action accordingly.

Recent Collective and Individual Pardons

1999: King’s Birthday (6th Cycle) – 33,789 released and 45,681 reduced sentence
2003: Individual pardons – 3 released and 17 reduced sentence
2004: Queen’s Birthday (6th Cycle) – 35,282 released and 101,881 reduced sentence
2004: Individual pardons – 13 released and 27 reduced sentence
2005: Individual pardons – 27 released and 42 reduced sentence
2006: 60th Anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej – 32,427 released, 75,834 reduced sentence
2006: Individual pardons – 6 released and 13 reduced sentence
2007: King’s 80th Birthday – 31,149 released and 101,607 reduced sentence


9 comments for “Royal Pardon

  1. Redice Kent Sesson
    April 5, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I would like to know how to go about requesting a royal pardon for my brother who is a resident at Chonburi Central Prison (Allister Robinson D6) Because of my Mother who is soon to be 89 yrs old and is in poor health.
    Redice Kent

  2. Amanda
    June 14, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Hi desperate to know if an amnersty has been granted last week for the celebration for his majesty long period of time as King
    If you have heard I would really appreciate an update

    • mo
      August 18, 2016 at 3:17 am

      hi amanda

      No amnisty in june but last week (12 august 2016) there have been a amnisty

  3. Alicia
    August 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I would like to ask about the Kings pardon since it’s his birhday update me plzzz about people who have been released

  4. Philippe R. Chable
    September 2, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Hi i would like to know if an amnesty or a pardon was ever granted to a person like me, deported in august 2016 “work permit” and black listed for life.
    My daughter is Thai and my mother age 76 retired in Thailand is Swiss but with serious health condition which means no possibility to visit me at the nearest border.
    Many thanks.

    • Thor Halland
      September 7, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Reply to Philippe Chable

      Your blacklisting can be removed….if you contact me I can put you on the right track.

  5. Steve
    October 23, 2016 at 12:46 am

    His Majesty King Bhumipol has sadly passed away and Thailand is in mourning. I would like to offer my condolences to all who are grieving. I have a friend who is serving a life sentence in Bang Kwang central prison, and has asked me for any information regarding potential amnesty for prisoners when the new king takes the throne. He was asking not only on behalf of himself, but on behalf of many prisoners who are mourning the passing of the king, but are also concerned for their own futures. He also asked if there was an Amnesty when his majesty King Bhumipol first took the throne. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  6. Redice Kent
    October 23, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of the King.
    It is always sad to lose a loved one.
    The people of Thialand and his family have my deepest sympathy. ..Redice Kent

  7. Victor
    October 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I would like to to know some details. I am a frequent visitor to Thailand for business. I am an Indian national visited more than 250 entry in the past 10 years. But unfortunately due to some business problems I overstay in Thailand from Jan 2015-Jan 2016. Police caught me deported me and sent me to idc. But my passport I received from my friend and my ticket on May 2016. Back in airport with other indians deported I also was sent. Everybody passport was banned from one year to three year. But my passport they did not stamp stating how long refused entry. As my friends say new immigration rule is from March 31 2016. But my case finished earlier so no blacklist. How to be sure any help

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