The Blackstone's Guide Series is a well established series of practical guides to the latest new legislation. The Guides all contain a full copy of the Act together with commentary on the effects, extent and scope of the legislation. The Guides are concise, accessible and clearly laid out, essential tools for those practising in the area. The Extradition Act 2003 came into force on 1st January 2004. The Act is a major piece of legislation and will radically overhaul current extradition procedure with the aim of simplifying and speeding up the extradition process. It will give effect to the European Arrest Warrant, which for the first time will allow foreign warrants to be directly enforced in the UK. The Act also contains important human rights protections for the fugitive and so the inter-relationship between extradition and human rights is fully covered in the text. This Guide places the new Act in the context of the previous extradition regime and provides a full commentary on the Act. Although the Act will replace the current wide array of provisions contained in the Extradition Act 1989, many of its provisions are derived from the existing regime.
The Guide therefore draws on existing case law in order to make sense of the new Act for the reader. The Guide deals with the extradition process in chronological order and is fully cross-referenced, allowing for easy use in court. In addition, the Guide will contain useful appendices including the European Arrest Warrant making it an essential reference work for all those practising in the extradition and international crime field.
`But, as the barrister Julian Knowles shrewdly points out in his Blackstone's Guide to the Extradition Act 2003 (OUP), it's not that simple. First, the Human Rights Act says that nobody in Britain may even be condemned to death. So promising that a death sentence, if imposed, will not be carried out is not good enough to satisfy the Human Rights Convention.'
Joshua Rozenberg (Legal Editor), The Daily Telegraph
1: Introduction and Overview
2: Liability to Extradition. Extradition Offences
3: Categorization of Territories, Territorial Scope of the EA 2003
4: Initial Stages of the Extradition Process
5: The Extradition Hearing in Category 1 Cases
6: The Extradition Hearing in Category 2 Cases
7: Extradition and Human Rights
8: The Role of the Secretary of State. Deferral of Extradition
10: Time for Extradition
11: Consent to Extradition. Withdrawal of Claims for Extradition
12: Return to the United Kingdom
13: Police Powers in Extradition Cases
14: Post-Surrender Matters
Appendix 1: An Act to make provision about extradition [20th November 2003]
Appendix 2: European Framework Decision
Appendix 3: The Extradition Act 2003 (Multiple Offences) Order 2003
Appendix 4: Category 1 and Category 2 Territories. Territories Designated under the EA 2003
Appendix 5: Useful Web References