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

What is wrong with the current law?

1.7The Extradition Act and MACMA are complex and convoluted statutes that are difficult to follow. Both statutes fail to come to grips with the realities of New Zealand’s place within a globalised environment. They fail to provide a framework through which to balance both New Zealand’s role within the international community and the values that will always remain important to New Zealanders in protecting the rights of those accused of crimes overseas or protecting those here from unwarranted investigation from abroad.

1.8We propose that the Extradition Act should be replaced and MACMA could be replaced or at least substantially redrafted.