If you are arrested on a European arrest warrant, one of our extradition lawyers can provide crucial early and specialist representation.
You might have been arrested on a warrant from a country outside the EAW scheme; we can also help in that situation.
In some cases, you will know that there is a warrant for your arrest, and we can advise you what to do. Often, it comes as a complete surprise. The police might came 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.
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, 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.