Read on to learn more about the extradition process, as well as how our dedicated extradition lawyers at JFH Crime can support your case.
Will I know if there’s a warrant for my arrest?
In some cases, you will know that there is a warrant for your arrest, but it often comes as a surprise. The police might come to your home early in the morning, or you might come into contact with the police for some other reason and they find out there is a warrant for your arrest.
In either situation, JFH’s Crime’s extradition lawyers can advise you what to do and provide representation at the magistrates’ court, and at an appeal in the High Court.
Where will I go to Court?
However you come to be arrested on an extradition warrant, you will be taken straight to Westminster Magistrates court. This is the only magistrates court in England and Wales that deals with extradition cases.
This will often be on the same day, or early the next morning. In some situations, the case can be decided at that first hearing and a decision made to extradite a person to a country they might have left many years before.
What about when I get to court?
At court, we can help you to apply for bail and advise you how you can fight your extradition. There are only a limited number of ways you can challenge your extradition. Some are set out in the Extradition Act while others are Human Rights Act arguments.
The very nature of extradition means that clients are often under a great deal of stress and pressure. Therefore, getting the right advice early, and having someone who can explain everything clearly can make a big difference in the proceedings.
Will my case be resolved in court?
Most cases are resolved through the courts. However, our lawyers can also be instructed to contact foreign governments to investigate alternatives to litigation or a negotiated settlement.
We have a number of clients who are still living in this country after we were able to get their warrant withdrawn.
Can I get legal aid if I’m arrested for extradition?
Legal Aid is often available for people arrested on an EAW. In the Magistrates Court this will depend on your income. However, if you appeal to the High Court you will automatically qualify for legal aid.