Legal Assistance for Extradition

Updated on Monday 06th July 2020

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Extradition is the process in which a country transfers a criminal, a convicted or a suspected person to another country. For a better understanding of the process of extradition, one country asks another one to return a certain individual for trial or for serving the sentence for which he/she was convicted. People who are involved in a case of extradition are counseled to receive legal assistance from our extradition solicitors.

Main rules explained by our extradition lawyers

In the UK legislation, the extradition process is overseen by the Extradition Act 2003. The law establishes and defines all the rules of the extradition process, either by or to the UK. The act is split into five parts, each one being well issued so that it can cover all the procedures and rules for the process of extradition. If you believe you are about to be deported and you need legal assistance upon your case, our extradition lawyers can provide all the legal support in your case, our team being specialized in this procedure.

The Extradition Act parts are: 

•    part 1 handles the so-named category 1 and 2 of territories. This means that, where it is not mentioned in the Act, the first category includes all the members of the European Union.  Part 1 contains the procedures of the European Arrest Warrants;
•    part 2 is concentrated on all other countries which signed a treaty regarding the extradition process with the United Kingdom;
•    part 3 handles the issuing extradition warrants and European arrest warrants;
•    part 4 establishes the procedure regarding the power of arrest, but also searches and even seizes people for whom are going to be issued the extradition warrants and European arrest warrants;
•    part 5 contains varied disposals regarding the extradition procedure to and from other British overseas territories. 

Our extradition lawyers in London can provide, at your request, legal assistance in a case of extradition, where his/her rights will be entirely explained.

Details about the extradition hearing in UK

The extradition process starts as soon as the documents have been prepared. The hearing in cases of extradition can be scheduled within 21 days of the arrest of the individual charged with serious offences. The magistrate who deals with a case of extradition needs to consider if the prosecution case against the offender is adequately advanced and if the request for extradition is properly or not suitable induced. At the same hearing, the magistrate will analyze if the extradition case is or is not compatible with the person’s human rights, in order to grant the extradition. We remind that our extradition solicitors are able to analyze your case of extradition and to offer legal advice in the court of law.

Appeal an extradition decision at the Supreme Court in UK

In cases where the extradition decision is not in accordance with both parties involved, one can appeal the verdict to the High Court of Appeal in the UK, with the proper help from our extradition lawyers in London. This kind of appeal can be made if a matter of general public importance related to the law is concerned. The permission to appeal an extradition decision can be granted by the Supreme Court in UK, the next step regarding the hearing of the appeal in front of the magistrates. Consider that any case of an appeal of an extradition can be made under comprehensive legal advice, a matter where our team can suitably offer help and guidance.

We have gathered the information about the legal help we can provide for extradition cases in the video below: 

If you want more information or you are in need of legal assistance with an extradition case, please contact our team of extradition solicitors.