With years of experience in dealing with extradition cases, you can be assured that our Extradition Solicitors will offer an determined and passionate service to ensure we achieve the best result in your case.
Our team of multi-cultural Solicitors have a broad knowledge of European Human Rights and have dealt with cases in the UK and abroad.
European Arrest Warrants
A European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is valid throughout all members of states of the EU. Once issued, it requires another member state to arrest and transfer a criminal suspect or sentenced person to the issuing state so that the person can be put on trial or complete a detention period.
A EWA can only be issued to seek surrender of a person for the following purposes only:
- To be prosecuted
- To be sentenced
- To serve a sentence that has already been imposed
The judge may issue the EAW if the following condtions apply:
Section 142(2) of the Extradition Act condition is that –
(a) There are reasonable grounds for believing that the person has committed an extradition offence, and
(b) A domestic warrant has been issued in respect of the person
Defending Possible Extradition – Bars to Extradition
There are a number of ways in which we can successfully defend your case and our skilled Extraditon Solicitors often use the following points when doing so:
(1) Lapse of time – where so much time has passed since the comittal of the offence that it would be considerd unfair or oppressive to proceed against the defendant
(2) Double jeopardy – facing proceedings for the same offence twice
(3) Age – when the requested person would have been under the UK age of criminal responsibility when the original offence took place
(4) Hostage taking – this is when the requested person has already been extradited from another country , consent may be needed before another extradition takes place
(5) Extraneous considerations – this means when the proceedings in the foreign state are actually a cover for an ulterior motive, or where the person will be disadvantaged during the foreign proceedings because of that same ulterior motive, for example, racial or political victimisation.
Our expert team can, if necessary, also represent you before Courts in England and Wales or abroad at every stage of the proceedings from Magistrates Court through to the European Court of Human Rights.
The extradition procedure is usually very quick so it’s important for you to get the right Solicitor on-board immediately you receive an EAW or are afraid that you might.
We have sucessfully represented numerous clients facing extradition and it is vital that you obtain the correct advice as well as preparation and representation before court. We work with the very best barristers who are specialising and are dedicated to clients facing extradtion proceedings. We offer bespoke and personal service to our clients.
Our multi-cultural extradition team provide a confidential service. Get in touch today to discuss your needs.