Law Commission announces review of extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters

Publication Date 
03 August 2014

The Law Commission has been asked to review the law relating to New Zealand’s cooperation with other countries for the investigation and prosecution of crime.

The framework for New Zealand’s formal international cooperation in criminal matters is currently governed by the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1992 and the Extradition Act 1999, as well as numerous bilateral and multilateral treaties. The Law Commission has commenced a review that will assess whether these two statutes are fit for purpose and whether the current structure of the scheme can be improved upon.

The Commission will consider whether the processes within these frameworks are efficient and effective, while also meeting essential human rights and procedural safeguards. The review will be a first principles review, with the objective to improve and modernise New Zealand’s framework for cooperating with other countries in criminal matters.