Written by Harun Matin

Extradition is the process by which those who are wanted in another country, whether to serve a sentence of imprisonment or to stand trial for a criminal offence, are sought.

The National Legal Service Extradition Team

Extradition proceedings can be very difficult for clients and their families.  It is therefore vital to have expert by your side every step of the way.  That is where we here at the National Legal Service can help.

Our extradition lawyers are each recognised as experts in the field.  With many years of practice between them, they are renowned for winning cases, even against the steepest odds.

We pride ourselves in being highly creative, tenacious and thorough in our approach to each and every case.  It is for this reason that our results speak for themselves.

With National Legal Service in your corner, you can be certain that your case will be prepared and advanced by experts who have secured the discharge of numerous clients wanted all over the world.

How does extradition work?

For the purposes of extradition, in general terms, the world is divided into two parts: European Union countries and countries outside the EU.

For requests from another EU country,  a standardised and streamlined procedure is used whereby requests are made in the form of a European Arrest Warrant.

For requests from outside the EU, more information is required that that typically contained in an European Arrest Warrant.  In some instances, specific bilateral arrangements are in place (notably, the United States).

How can I stop extradition?

There are a number of means by which we have prevented our client’s extradition.

First, it is vital to have a comprehensive technical understanding of  the law in relation to the information which must be contained in an extradition request.  The law in extradition is perpetually evolving and it is therefore imperative to keep abreast of developments.

Next, it is important to investigation the potential bars to extradition set out in the Extradition Act 2003.  For instance, where extradition would result in “oppression” as a result of the passage of time, it is barred.

It is also imperative to explore whether any less coercive alternatives to extradition can be arranged.  We have been successful in negotiating such outcomes with judicial authorities in numerous jurisdictions.

Finally, it is crucial to consider whether extradition is compatible with human rights.  This is another aspect of extradition law which continually developing.

We have years of experience of winning cases on each of these grounds, singularly or in combination.

So, if you face extradition proceedings, or think you may have to in the future, please get in touch with one of our experts for a free consultation.