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Extradition is the process of removing someone from a country in order for them to be either charged for a crime which they have already been investigated for or to serve a sentence for a crime which they have already been convicted of in another country.

In general, there must be an extradition agreement between two countries in order for someone to be extradited. Different countries have their own specific rules regarding extraditions.

If someone is arrested in Ireland on foot of an extradition warrant, they are brought before the extradition court in the Criminal Courts of Justice where they can apply for bail like any other case before fighting their case to be extradited to the State which seeks them.

The main types of extradition cases which come before the courts in Ireland are European Arrest Warrants which apply to extradition cases between Ireland and all Member States.

Prior to Brexit, there were a large number of EAW cases between Ireland and the UK. As of December 2020, the mechanism for extradition from Ireland to the UK now comes under the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement which is similar procedurally to an EAW.

There has been an increase in these cases before the courts in Ireland over the last few years due to the introduction of the Schengen Information System (SIS) in March 2021. A border management system which has been in operation in most other member states since 1995.

We can provide the top  barristers in the country on extradition when dealing with any cases for a client.

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Paddy Mc Garry, Principal, Mc Garry Law

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