The extradition process starts with a formal request for extradition to the UK Government or the Serious Organised Crime Agency. A warrant will then be issued for a person’s arrest. Once the person has been arrested, they will be taken to a police station. The individual will not be formally interviewed by the police, but they are entitled to contact a solicitor and receive legal advice whilst at the police station. A friend or relative can also contact a solicitor for the arrested person.
Following arrest, the person facing extradition must be taken to Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, as soon as practicable, where the extradition proceedings will begin.
The timing of a full extradition hearing and the length of the extradition process will depend on whether the extradition request is a Part 1 request (European Arrest Warrant) or a Part 2 request for extradition from outside the EU.
After the full extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the Extradition Act permits the right of appeal to the High Court.
We understand how overwhelming the extradition process can be, especially when you might be dealing with an unfamiliar legal system. Our team of specialist extradition solicitors will be on hand to guide you through the entire process, and we will do everything possible to fight your corner.