Extradition is the legal process by which one country requests the transfer of an alleged or convicted criminal to another country to face trial or punishment.
In the UK, the Extradition Act 2003 regulates extradition and essentially divides the world into two categories:
- Countries under the European Arrest Warrant (EAW)
- Countries who have pre-existing extradition arrangements with the UK
Just because a country isn't in either list doesn't mean you can't be extradited to that country. Countries that don't come under either category can enter into 'special extradition arrangements' with the UK and if these are agreed they are treated as falling into Category 2.
Extradition is a complex process and anyone facing proceedings should contact a lawyer experienced in the procedures, time-limits and technical requirements that are specified under the Extradition Act.
How our Extradition Lawyers can help
Our highly experienced extradition lawyers provide advice and representation for:
- Clients who fear they might face an extradition request in the future
- Clients facing extradition under the European Arrest Warrent system or to a Category 2 country
- Clients arrested abroad facing extradition
- Clients who are subject to Interpol Red Notices
- Clients and their families who need advice and assistance securing bail in extradition proceedings
- Clients who want a second opinion or to appeal their extradition case
- Clients who are the subject of requests for Mutual Legal Assistance