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Extradition law: a practitioner's guide

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Extradition law: a practitioner's guide  

Authors: Edward Grange and Rebecca Niblock

First edition

Page extent: 280

This book is now out of stock new edition expected in July 2015 £40.00 ISBN: 9781908407603

Extradition law: a practitioner's guide provides a highly practical guide to extradition law for those representing requested persons. It is written with the duty solicitor in mind, but will be of assistance to all solicitors and barristers acting in extradition proceedings, from the magistrates' courts to the Supreme Court.

'The beauty of this book though is not just in its clear and accurate analysis of the law, but for its practical emphasis ... The list of issues is almost endless, and all are addressed with the requisite degree of detail.' Andrew Keogh, CrimeLine

'[This book] provides an excellent introduction to the law of extradition in England and Wales … It gives valuable practical advice on how the court works and what the judges expect. It covers the main arguments that can be raised against extradition. Even experienced lawyers will find they have something to learn, because the law is constantly developing.'
Senior District Judge Howard Riddle, Westminster Magistrates' Court, from his foreword.

The Extradition Act 2003 is a complex piece of legislation. Since it came into force, large numbers of extradition cases have been litigated in both the magistrates' and appellate courts, with the number of persons arrested increasing year on year. While those with a background in criminal law will be familiar with some of the concepts, extradition law is a niche area which requires practitioners to have knowledge and understanding of the developing case-law along with the distinct procedure and terminology used within extradition proceedings.

The authors have extensive experience of defending individuals in extradition hearings and appeals.  Extradition law: a practitioner's guide balances a clear and thorough explanation of the law with practical tips on representing the client and preparing the case.  

Contents include:

- Practical considerations 

- Looking at the European Arrest Warrant 

- Extradition requests from outside the European Union 

- Attending the client 

- Bars to extradition 

- Human rights 

- The initial hearing in EAW cases 

- Preparing for the contested hearing 

- The contested extradition hearing 

- Appeals

- Ancillary matters

Appendices include the EAW Framework Decision, extracts from the Extradition Act and useful checklists and forms.

Essential reading for duty solicitors and any lawyers and advisers acting in extradition proceedings.


Andrew Keogh, Crimeline

Whilst there is no shortage of practitioner texts detailing the complex workings of extradition, this is the first practical guide that aims to get the novice advocate up and running so that he or she is able to competently identify the issues that can (and more often than not do) arise during extradition proceedings. The law is complex, the clients are often vulnerable, and the whole subject area is in a state of constant flux - CrimeLine adds new extradition cases to its database on an almost daily basis. The beauty of this book though is not just in its clear and accurate analysis of the law, but for its practical emphasis. Where does the advocate go? Who does he see? What paperwork can be expected? What does that paperwork reveal? What are you looking for that will give a clue as to whether this is a contested case or not? What are the procedural issues to preserve appeal rights? What about legal aid? What actually happens at the first (and later) hearings?

The list of issues is almost endless, and all are addressed with the requisite degree of detail. The judges in the extradition courts are quite rightly unforgiving of advocates who enter unprepared - this book will go a long way to addressing some concerns in this regard. It is now very difficult to envisage why any competent advocate would go to Westminster Magistrates' Court without having installed this relatively compact (and ridiculously cheap) book on their phone or other electronic device of choice.

The authors have done an absolutely splendid job - well done!

Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers

Review in full (Word: 45Kb)

 The Law Society Gazette

'The existing works on extradition are weighty tomes which should, as they say, 'be on the shelves of every good law library'. However, there is now no need for the practitioner to break the bank by purchasing one or break one's back by lugging it to court. As of 2014 Grange and Niblock is the one essential work'

The full review can be read here