Extradition law in the UK is enshrined in the Extradition Act 2003.

Extradition is the formal procedure for returning persons located in one country to another country the purpose of:

  • Criminal prosecution; or
  • To be sentenced for offences for which they have been convicted; or
  • To carry out a sentence that has already been imposed

Extradition cases are becoming more and more common. This is in part due to the globalisation of criminal law brought about by an increase in the number of international terrorism, money laundering and corruption cases. Whatever the reason for someone facing possible extradition, Stokoe Partnership’s extradition team is always on hand to provide specialist advice and representation to those who need it.

Extradition proceedings are highly complex, and so it is vital that anyone concerned about a possible extradition seeks expert legal advice from the team at Stokoe Partnership. Our team of extradition lawyers are experienced in extradition law and defend cases vigorously when any of the defences to extradition to another state apply. We will make clients aware of all the possible ‘bars’ to someone being extradited by the court, including double jeopardy, substantial passages of time, and age.

With our expert legal knowledge we are able to raise further issues a judge must take into consideration, allowing us to strengthen a client’s defence against extradition. These issues include cases of conviction in absence (when someone is put on trial in their absence), and compatibility with the Human Rights Act 1998.

We are particularly adept at identifying potential human rights challenges to extradition, such as the right to a fair trial, the right to protection from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, the right to a private and family life, freedom of expression, and freedom from discrimination on religious, racial, or political grounds.