Owens v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court – WLR Daily

Posted June 22nd, 2009 in appeals, delay, extradition, law reports, time limits by sally

Owens v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2009] EWHC 1343 (Admin); [2009] WLR (D) 20

“When an appeal to the High Court under s 26 of the Extradition Act 2003 against an order for extradition to a category 1 territory was unsuccessful, the decision of the High Court on the appeal did not become final within the meaning of s 36(5) of the Act and, accordingly, the 10-day period within which s 36(2) and (3)(a) stipulated that extradition should take place did not begin to run until the 14-day period permitted by s 32(5) for applying to the High Court for leave to appeal to the House of Lords had expired, notwithstanding that the High Court had on the same day as dismissing the appeal declined to certify for the purposes of s 32(4)(a) of the Act that a point of law of general public importance was involved. As regards the requirement in s 36(8) that ‘reasonable cause’ be shown for delay in effecting extradition, the expression could be construed as being sufficiently broad to cover a short delay arising from an error of law made by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (‘SOCA’), the body responsible for the surrender of individuals to requesting states at the conclusion of extradition proceedings under the 2003 Act, in calculating the period within which the person must be extradited as specified in s 36(3) of the Act.”

WLR Daily, 19th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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