Chapter 5
Extradition offences


5.1Extradition does not apply to every offence. It is essential that extradition law includes a method of distinguishing which offences are sufficiently serious to warrant the time and expense involved in extradition and the disruption caused to the defendant. This chapter briefly outlines New Zealand’s approach to defining “extradition offence” and discusses issues that should be considered in the development of new extradition legislation.

5.2The two main issues that are in need of resolution are: