Chapter 1
Review of the Extradition Act and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act

Principles behind our review

1.5In approaching the review, we have applied the following principles:

(a) The regimes should facilitate and support New Zealand’s international obligations, and its role as an international citizen, in the prosecution and prevention of crime.
(b) At the same time, the reforms as a whole should promote procedural fairness and the protection of the rights of individuals subject to extradition or mutual legal assistance requests.
(c) Purely technical or procedural impediments to achieving (a) and (b) should be minimised in favour of substantive opportunities to provide assistance while at the same time substantively protecting the rights of those being extradited or investigated.