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Extradition Proceedings

This can be a frightening time when another country asks the court to extradite you to face trial, which can sometimes be a breach of human rights. It is a very specialised area of law as it requires swift and prompt action to ensure time limits are met. 

There is a very tight timetable for appealing any decision made by a Magistrates Court before the extradition proceedings take place.

What is Extradition? 

Extradition is the formal process of requesting the member state to remove a person from one country to another. It is either to prosecute them for an offence or to impose a sentence for an offence of which the person has already been convicted.

What is the Extradition Process?

The extradition process begins when a country formally requests for a person to be returned. If the country is within the European Union, the National Crime Agency (NCA) will receive and review the request and where appropriate issue a warrant for the requested person. For countries not in the European Union, the Home Office are responsible for receiving the extradition request. 

There are two types of warrant which can be issued, the first is that the requested person must be returned to face prosecution, and the second is where the requested person has already been convicted and must be returned to serve their sentence. Once the warrant is issued, they will be arrested and brought to Westminster Magistrates Court. 

Once they are at the Magistrate’s Court, the requested person will be able to have a solicitor with them.

How Our Criminal Defence Team Can Help

Our Criminal Defence team act for clients nationwide, and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible outcomes. We have been involved in many high-profile extradition proceedings over the years and have built an exceptional reputation. If you are facing extradition proceedings, get in touch with our solicitors as soon as possible, so we can provide legal advice from the start. 

Extradition Proceedings Costs

We will provide clear guidance on costs at the outset of the case and will apply for Legal Aid wherever it is available, to ensure the quality advice you need is accessible and affordable.

Find out more about Legal Aid

How can we help? Contact us today

Contact us on 0114 2496666 and one of our advisors will be in touch to discuss your situation. We will take some initial information and if we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.

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