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Extradition Act 2003

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary

  3. Background

  4. The Act

  5. Territorial Application: Wales

    1. Extradition to Category 1 Territories

      Part 1

      1. Section 1: Extradition to category 1 territories

      2. Section 2: Part 1 warrant and certificate

      3. Section 3: Arrest under certified Part 1 Warrant

      4. Section 4: Person arrested under Part 1 warrant

      5. Section 5: Provisional arrest

      6. Section 6: Person arrested under section 5

      7. Section 7: Identity of person arrested

      8. Section 8: Remand

      9. Section 9: Judge’s powers at extradition hearing

      10. Section 10: Initial stage of extradition hearing

      11. Section 11: Bars to extradition

      12. Section 12: Rule against double jeopardy

      13. Section 13: Extraneous considerations

      14. Section 14: Passage of time

      15. Section 15: Age

      16. Section 16: Hostage-taking considerations

      17. Section 17: Speciality

      18. Section 18: Earlier extradition to United Kingdom from category 1 territory

      19. Section 19: Earlier extradition to United Kingdom from non-category 1 territory

      20. Section 20: Case where person has been convicted

      21. Section 21: Human rights

      22. Section 22: Person charged with offence in United Kingdom

      23. Section 23: Person serving sentence in United Kingdom

      24. Section 24: Extradition request

      25. Section 25: Physical or mental condition

      26. Section 26: Appeal against extradition order

      27. Section 27: Court’s powers on appeal under section 26

      28. Section 28: Appeal against discharge at extradition hearing

      29. Section 29: Court’s powers on appeal under section 28

      30. Section 30: Detention pending conclusion of appeal under section 28

      31. Section 31: Appeal to High Court: time limit for start of hearing

      32. Section 32: Appeal to House of Lords

      33. Section 33: Powers of House of Lords on appeal under section 32

      34. Section 34: Appeals: general

      35. Section 35: Extradition where no appeal

      36. Section 36: Extradition following appeal

      37. Section 37: Undertaking in relation to person serving sentence in United Kingdom

      38. Section 38: Extradition following deferral for competing claim

      39. Section 39: Position where asylum claimed

      40. Section 40: Certificate in respect of asylum claimant

      41. Section 41: Withdrawal of warrant before extradition

      42. Section 42: Withdrawal of warrant while appeal to High Court pending

      43. Section 43: Withdrawal of warrant while appeal to House of Lords pending

      44. Section 44: Competing Part 1 warrants

      45. Section 45: Consent to extradition

      46. Section 46: Extradition order following consent

      47. Section 47: Extradition to category 1 territory following consent

      48. Section 48: Other warrant issued following consent

      49. Section 49: Other warrant issued: extradition to category 1 territory

      50. Section 50: Other warrant issued: proceedings deferred

      51. Section 51: Extradition request following consent

      52. Section 52: Undertaking in relation to person serving sentence

      53. Section 53: Extradition following deferral for competing claim

      54. Section 54: Request for consent to other offence being dealt with

      55. Section 55: Questions for decision at consent hearing

      56. Section 56: Request for consent to further extradition to category 1 territory

      57. Section 57: Questions for decision at consent hearing

      58. Section 58: Consent to further extradition to category 2 territory

      59. Section 59: Return of person to serve remainder of sentence

      60. Section 60: Costs where extradition ordered

      61. Section 61: Costs where discharge ordered

      62. Section 62: Costs where discharge ordered: supplementary

      63. Section 63: Persons serving sentences outside territory where convicted

      64. Section 64: Extradition offences: person not sentenced for offence

      65. Section 65: Extradition offences: person sentenced for offence

      66. Section 66: Extradition offences: supplementary

      67. Section 67: The appropriate judge

      68. Section 68: Other interpretative provisions

    2. Extradition to Category 2 Territories

      Part 2

      1. Section 69: Extradition to category 2 territories

      2. Section 70: Extradition request and certificate

      3. Section 71: Arrest warrant following extradition request

      4. Section 72: Person arrested under section 71

      5. Section 73: Provisional warrant

      6. Section 74: Person arrested under provisional warrant

      7. Section 75: Date of extradition hearing: arrest under section 71

      8. Section 76: Date of extradition hearing: arrest under provisional warrant

      9. Section 77: Judge’s powers at extradition hearing

      10. Section 78: Initial stages of extradition hearing

      11. Section 79: Bars to extradition

      12. Section 80: Rule against double jeopardy

      13. Section 81: Extraneous considerations

      14. Section 82: Passage of time

      15. Section 83 Hostage-taking considerations

      16. Section 84: Case where person has not been convicted

      17. Section 85: Case where person has been convicted

      18. Section 86: Conviction in person’s absence

      19. Section 87: Human rights

      20. Section 88: Person charged with offence in United Kingdom

      21. Section 89: Person serving sentence in United Kingdom

      22. Section 90: Competing extradition claim

      23. Section 91: Physical or mental condition

      24. Section 92: Case sent to Secretary of State

      25. Section 93: Secretary of State’s consideration of case

      26. Section 94: Death penalty

      27. Section 95: Speciality

      28. Section 96: Earlier extradition to United Kingdom from other territory

      29. Section 97: Deferral: person charged with offence in United Kingdom

      30. Section 98: Deferral: person serving sentence in United Kingdom

      31. Section 99: Time limit for order for extradition or discharge

      32. Section 100: Information

      33. Section 101: Making of order for extradition or discharge

      34. Section 102: The appropriate day

      35. Section 103: Appeal where case sent to Secretary of State

      36. Section 104: Court’s powers on appeal under section 103

      37. Section 105: Appeal against discharge at extradition hearing

      38. Section 106: Court’s powers on appeal under section 105

      39. Section 107: Detention pending conclusion of appeal under section 105

      40. Section 108: Appeal against extradition order

      41. Section 109: Court’s powers on appeal under section 108

      42. Section 110: Appeal against discharge by Secretary of State

      43. Section 111: Court’s powers on appeal under section 110

      44. Section 112: Detention pending conclusion of appeal under section 110

      45. Section 113: Appeal to High Court: time limit for start of hearing

      46. Section 114: Appeal to House of Lords

      47. Section 115: Powers of House of Lords on appeal under section 114

      48. Section 116: Appeals: general

      49. Section 117: Extradition where no appeal

      50. Section 118: Extradition following appeal

      51. Section 119: Undertaking in relation to person serving sentence in United Kingdom

      52. Section 120: Extradition following deferral for competing claim

      53. Section 121: Position where asylum claimed

      54. Section 122: Withdrawal of request before end of extradition hearing

      55. Section 123: Withdrawal of request after case sent to Secretary of State

      56. Section 124: Withdrawal of request while appeal to High Court pending

      57. Section 125: Withdrawal of request while appeal to House of Lords pending

      58. Section 126: Competing extradition requests

      59. Section 127: Consent to extradition: general

      60. Section 128: Consent to extradition before case sent to Secretary of State

      61. Section 129: Consent to other offence being dealt with

      62. Section 130: Consent to further extradition to category 2 territory

      63. Section 131: Consent to further extradition to category 1 territory

      64. Section 132: Return of person to serve remainder of sentence

      65. Section 133: Costs where extradition ordered

      66. Section 134: Costs where discharge ordered

      67. Section 135: Costs where discharge ordered: supplementary

      68. Section 136: Persons serving sentences outside territory where convicted

      69. Section 137: Extradition offences: person not sentenced for offence

      70. Section 138: Extradition offences: person sentenced for offence

      71. Section 139: The appropriate judge

      72. Section 140: The extradition hearing

      73. Section 141: Scotland: references to Secretary of State

    3. Extradition to the United Kingdom

      Part 3

      1. Section 142: Issue of Part 3 warrant

      2. Section 143: Undertaking in relation to person serving sentence

      3. Section 144: Return to extraditing territory to serve sentence

      4. Section 145: Service of sentence in territory executing Part 3 warrant

      5. Section 146: Dealing with person for other offences

      6. Section 147: Effect of consent to extradition to the United Kingdom

      7. Section 148: Extradition offences

      8. Section 149: The appropriate judge

      9. Section 150: Dealing with person for other offences: Commonwealth countries

      10. Section 151: Dealing with person for other offences: other category 2 territories

      11. Section 152: Remission of punishment for other offences

      12. Section 153: Return of person acquitted or not tried

      13. Section 154: Restrictions on bail where undertaking given by Secretary of State

      14. Section 155: Service personnel

    4. Police Powers

      Part 4

      1. Section 156: Search and seizure warrants

      2. Section 157: Production orders

      3. Section 158: Requirements for making of production order

      4. Section 159: Computer information

      5. Section 160: Warrants: special procedure material and excluded material

      6. Section 161: Entry and search of premises for purposes of arrest

      7. Section 162: Entry and search of premises on arrest

      8. Section 163: Search of person on arrest

      9. Section 164: Entry and search of premises after arrest

      10. Section 165: Additional seizure powers

      11. Section 166: Fingerprints and samples

      12. Section 167: Searches and examination

      13. Section 168: Photographs

      14. Section 169: Evidence of identity: England and Wales

      15. Section 170: Evidence of identity: Northern Ireland

      16. Section 171: Other treatment and rights

      17. Section 172: Delivery of seized property

      18. Section 173: Codes of practice

      19. Section 174: Interpretation

      20. Section 175: Customs officers

      21. Section 176: Service policemen

    5. Miscellaneous and General Provisions

      Part 5

      1. Section 177: Extradition from British overseas territories

      2. Section 178: Extradition to British overseas territories

      3. Section 179: Competing claims to extradition

      4. Section 180: Proceedings on deferred warrant or request

      5. Section 181: Proceedings where extradition deferred

      6. Section 182: Legal advice, assistance and representation: England and Wales

      7. Section 183: Legal aid: Scotland

      8. Section 184: Grant of free legal aid: Northern Ireland

      9. Section 185: Free legal aid: supplementary

      10. Section 186: Re-extradition: preliminary

      11. Section 187: Re-extradition hearing

      12. Section 188: Re-extradition to category 1 territories

      13. Section 189: Re-extradition to category 2 territories

      14. Section 190: Crown Prosecution Service: role in extradition proceedings

      15. Section 191: Lord Advocate: role in extradition proceedings

      16. Section 192: Northern Ireland DPP and Crown Solicitor: role in extradition proceedings

      17. Section 193: Parties to international Conventions

      18. Section 194: Special extradition arrangements

      19. Section 195: Human rights: appropriate tribunal

      20. Section 196: Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes

      21. Section 197: Custody

      22. Section 198: Bail: England and Wales

      23. Section 199: Bail: Scotland

      24. Section 200: Appeal against grant of bail

      25. Section 201: Remand to local authority accommodation

      26. Section 202: Receivable documents

      27. Section 203: Documents sent by facsimile

      28. Section 204: Part 1 warrant: transmission by other electronic means

      29. Section 205: Written statements and admissions

      30. Section 206: Burden and standard of proof

      31. Section 207: Extradition for more than one offence

      32. Section 208: National security

      33. Section 209: Reasonable force

      34. Section 210: Rules of court

      35. Section 211: Service of notices

      36. Section 212: Article 95 alerts: transitional provisions

      37. Section 213: Disposal of Part 1 warrant and extradition request

      38. Section 214: Disposal of charge

      39. Section 215: European framework list

      40. Section 216: Other interpretative provisions

      41. Section 217: Form of documents

      42. Section 218: Existing legislation on extradition

      43. Section 219: Amendments

      44. Section 220: Repeals

      45. Section 221: Commencement

      46. Section 222: Channel Islands and Isle of Man

      47. Section 223: Orders and regulations

      48. Section 224: Orders in Council

      49. Section 225: Finance

      50. Section 226: Extent

      51. Section 227: Short title

  6. Schedules

    1. Schedule 1: Re-extradition: Modifications

    2. Schedule 2: European framework list

    3. Schedule 3: Amendments

    4. Schedule 4: Repeals

  7. Commencement

  8. Hansard References

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