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

Why the law of extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters is important

1.6Both Acts under review are important parts of New Zealand’s response to international crime. Crimes, and the criminals that commit them, are an intractable part of our globalised world. New Zealand needs laws that enable it to respond to that challenge, while respecting the rights that are both an important part of our legal tradition as well as embedded in the new international legal order.