extradition | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Extradition is the legal process by which one country or jurisdiction surrenders a person accused or convicted of a crime to another country or jurisdiction where that person is wanted for trial or punishment.

Extradition may occur between countries with an extradition treaty or agreement in place, or it may take place on the basis of the principle of universal jurisdiction for certain serious crimes, such as genocide, piracy, or war crimes. The process of extradition typically involves issuing a formal request from the requesting country or jurisdiction to the country or jurisdiction where the person is located, along with the presentation of evidence to support the request. The person sought for extradition will usually have the opportunity to challenge the request, and the final decision to surrender the person is typically made by a court or other judicial authority.

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Last Modified: 01/10/2023


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