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Extradition/European Arrest Warrants

Extradition processes generally cover situations where you are wanted in another country for the purposes of serving a sentence or for prosecution in relation to a criminal matter. The requesting country issues a request for your extradition, and within the European Union, they issue what is called a European Arrest Warrant. You can be arrested on foot of this warrant and brought before the High Court. At that stage, and while the proceedings are ongoing, you can be remanded either on bail or in custody. The whole process can generally take a number of months, and during this period you can consent to your extradition or you can resist it by lodging points of objection, backed up by appropriate affidavits. You can also explore initiating a legal application in the issuing State to have the warrant withdrawn. Extradition proceedings are complex and it is important to receive advice on the issue of bail, the grounds upon which to oppose an application to extradite and other procedural matters. Where you are of limited means, your costs may be covered under the Legal Aid Custody Issues Scheme.

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