Extradition is the formal process whereby one Country surrenders a suspected or convicted criminal to another Country This is page is designed to provide a basic overview of the Extradition process, and is not meant to act as an exhaustive legal guide to Extradition. Extradition is a complex and continually changing area of law, which is why it is important to seek advice from specialists when facing such proceedings.
Bullivant Law specialises in fighting requests for Extradition, and keeping our clients updated on their case so they understand what is happening and be able to make informed decisions depending upon on how their case progresses. We work closely with other experts and advisers that can provide information and/or reports that can assist in fighting a request for Extradition.
If someone is either being investigated/charged with a crime or convicted of a crime in a country other than the UK and comes to the UK before the criminal proceedings ended in the foreign Country, that Country can apply to the UK to have that person returned, or ‘Extradited’, so that they can finish the proceedings. This person is known as the ‘requested person’.
The requested person does not have to be a national of the Country requesting his/her extradition, only someone accused of committing an offence in that Country.
The law relating to Extradition requests in the UK is found in the Extradition Act 2003.
There are two separate types of Extradition depending on which Country is asking the UK to Extradite someone.
There are extradition requests to countries which are part of the European Arrest Warrant system, and to other countries which have separate extradition agreements with the UK, for example the United States of America.
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