Practice Areas

Extradition

‘Temple Garden Chambers includes senior silks handling international criminal law, alongside a growing extradition team.’
Legal 500 2019 

Temple Garden Chambers’ growing extradition team is highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

The team has a broad range and depth of experience, regularly appearing in courts at all levels from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court representing requested persons, the National Crime Agency, the Secretary of State, foreign governments, and judicial authorities within the European Union as well as advising Government departments and agencies on extradition issues. Several members have undertaken secondments in the Extradition Unit at the Crown Prosecution Service. Members of the team also lecture extensively and provide training in Extradition practice and regularly comment in the media on extradition issues. Two are current committee members of the Defence Extradition Lawyers’ Forum.

Members of Chambers have been involved in some of the most important extradition cases since the Extradition Act 2003 came into force, including most recently Scott v Government of the United States of America (now the leading case on the forum bar) and Lis, Lange and Chmielewski v Poland (on the impact of constitutional changes enacted by the Polish government). The judgment in the appeal from R (Shields-McKinley) v Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor [2017] EWHC 658 (Admin), dealing with Article 26 of the EAW Framework Decision is awaited from the Court of Appeal. The only extradition case to reach the Supreme Court in 2018, Konecny v District Court Czech Republic [2019] UKSC 8 dealt with contumacious convictions. Members of chambers are currently awaiting a decision in a further application for permission to appeal from the Supreme Court and also are acting in lead cases concerning the independence of a public prosecutor as an issuing judicial authority, the finality of a decision of the Italian Court of Cassation as well as cases challenging the independence of the Romanian Courts and Judiciary, investigating systemic breaches of human rights in Bulgarian prisons and complex fraud allegations made by the Government of India.