European Arrest Warrant Act 2003

Committal of person named in European arrest warrant.

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16.F41 [ (1) Where a person does not consent to his or her surrender to the issuing state F42 [ ] the High Court may, upon such date as is fixed under section 13 or such later date as it considers appropriate, make an order directing that the person be surrendered to such other person as is duly authorised by the issuing state to receive him or her, provided that

( a ) the High Court is satisfied that the person before it is the person in respect of whom the European arrest warrant was issued,

( b ) the European arrest warrant, or a F42 [ ] true copy thereof, has been endorsed in accordance with section 13 for execution of the warrant,

F43 [ ( c ) the European arrest warrant states, where appropriate, the matters required by section 45 (inserted by section 23 of the European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Act 2012), ]

( d ) the High Court is not required, under section 21A , 22 , 23 or 24 (inserted by sections 79, 80, 81 and 82 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005), to refuse to surrender the person under this Act, and

F43 [ ( e ) the surrender of the person is not prohibited by Part 3. ] ]

F41 [ (2) Where a person does not consent to his or her surrender to the issuing state F42 [ ] , the High Court may, upon such date as is fixed under section 14 or such later date as it considers appropriate, make an order directing that the person be surrendered to such other person as is duly authorised by the issuing state to receive him or her, provided that

F43 [ ( a ) the European arrest warrant, including, where appropriate, the matters required by section 45 (inserted by section 23 of the European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Act 2012), is provided to the court, ]

( b ) the High Court is satisfied that the person before it is the person in respect of whom the European arrest warrant was issued,

( c ) the High Court is not required, under section 21A , 22 , 23 or 24 (inserted by sections 79, 80, 81 and 82 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005), to refuse to surrender the person under this Act, and

F43 [ ( d ) the surrender of the person is not prohibited by Part 3 . ] ]

F44 [ (2A) Where the High Court does not

( a ) make an order under subsection (1) on the date fixed under section 13 , or

( b ) make an order under subsection (2) on the date fixed under section 14 ,

it may remand the person before it in custody or on bail and, for those purposes, the High Court shall have the same powers in relation to remand as it would have if the person were brought before it charged with an indictable offence. ]

F45 [ (3) An order under subsection (1) or (2) shall, subject to section 18 , take effect upon the expiration of 15 days beginning on the date of the making of the order or such earlier date as the High Court, on the application of the Central Authority in the State and with the consent of the person to whom the order applies, directs.

(3A) Subject to subsections (5) and (6) , a person to whom an order for the time being in force under subsection (1) or (2) applies shall be surrendered to the issuing state concerned not later than 10 days after the order takes effect in accordance with subsection (3) .

(4) Where the High Court makes an order under subsection (1) or (2) , it shall, unless it orders postponement of surrender under section 18

( a ) inform the person to whom the order relates of his or her right to make a complaint under Article 40.4.2 ° of the Constitution at any time before his or her surrender to the issuing state,

( b ) order that that person be detained in a prison (or, if the person is not more than 21 years of age, in a remand institution) for a period not exceeding 25 days pending the carrying out of the terms of the order, and

( c ) direct that the person be again brought before the High Court

(i) if he or she is not surrendered before the expiration of the time for surrender under subsection (3A) , as soon as practicable after that expiration, or

(ii) if it appears to the Central Authority in the State that, because of circumstances beyond the control of the State or the issuing state concerned, that person will not be surrendered on the expiration referred to in subparagraph (i) , before that expiration.

(5) Where a person is brought before the High Court pursuant to subsection (4)(c) , the High Court shall

( a ) if satisfied that, because of circumstances beyond the control of the State or the issuing state concerned, the person was not surrendered within the time for surrender under subsection (3A) or, as the case may be, will not be so surrendered

(i) with the agreement of the issuing judicial authority, fix a new date for the surrender of the person, and

(ii) order that the person be detained in a prison (or, if the person is not more than 21 years of age, in a remand institution) for a period not exceeding 10 days after the date fixed under subparagraph (i) , pending the surrender,

and

( b ) in any other case, order that the person be discharged.

(5A) A person to whom an order for the time being in force under subsection (5)(a) applies

( a ) shall be surrendered to the issuing state concerned not later than 10 days after the order takes effect, or

( b ) if surrender under paragraph ( a ) has not been effected, shall be discharged.

(5B) Where a person is ordered, under subsection (4)(b) , to be detained in a prison (or, if the person is not more than 21 years of age, in a remand institution) and is brought before the High Court pursuant to subsection (4)(c) , the person shall be deemed to be in lawful custody at all times beginning at the time of the making of the order under subsection (4)(b) and ending when he or she is brought before the Court.

(6) Where a person

( a ) lodges an appeal pursuant to subsection (11) , or

( b ) makes a complaint under Article 40.4.2 ° of the Constitution,

he or she shall not be surrendered to the issuing state while proceedings relating to the appeal or complaint are pending.

(7) Where the High Court decides not to make an order under subsection (1) or (2)

( a ) it shall give reasons for its decision, and

( b ) the person shall, subject to subsection (8), be released from custody.

(8) Subsection (7)(b) shall not apply if

( a ) (i) the person has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment,

(ii) on the date on which he or she would, but for this subsection, be entitled to be released under subsection (7) , all or part of the term of imprisonment remains unexpired, and

(iii) the person is required to serve all or part of the remainder of that term of imprisonment in the State,

or

( b ) (i) the person has been charged with or convicted of an offence in the State, and

(ii) on the date on which he or she would, but for this paragraph, be entitled to be released from custody under subsection (7) , he or she is required to be in custody by virtue of having been remanded in custody pending his or her being tried, or the imposition of sentence, in respect of that offence.

(9) If the High Court has not, after the expiration of 60 days from the arrest of the person concerned under section 13 or 14 , made an order under subsection (1) or (2) or subsection (1) or (2) of section 15 , or has decided not to make an order under subsection (1) or (2) , it shall direct the Central Authority in the State to inform the issuing judicial authority and, where appropriate, Eurojust in relation thereto and of the reasons therefor specified in the direction, and the Central Authority in the State shall comply with such direction.

(10) If the High Court has not, after the expiration of 90 days from the arrest of the person concerned under section 13 or 14 , made an order under subsection (1) or (2) or subsection (1) or (2) of section 15 , or has decided not to make an order under subsection (1) or (2) , it shall direct the Central Authority in the State to inform the issuing judicial authority and, where appropriate, Eurojust in relation thereto and of the reason therefor specified in the direction, and the Central Authority in the State shall comply with such direction.

(11) An appeal against an order under subsection (1 ) or (2) or a decision not to make such an order may be brought in the Supreme Court if, and only if, the High Court certifies that the order or decision involves a point of law of exceptional public importance and that it is desirable in the public interest that an appeal should be taken to the Supreme Court.

(12) Where a person lodges an appeal pursuant to subsection (11) , the High Court may remand the person in custody or on bail pending the hearing of the appeal and, for that purpose, the High Court shall have the same powers in relation to remand as it would have if the person were brought before it charged with an indictable offence. ]

F46 [ (13) F47 [ ] ]

Annotations:

Amendments:

F41

Substituted (8.03.2005) by Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 (2/2005), s. 76(a), (b), commenced on enactment, subject to transitional provision in s. 68.

F42

Deleted (25.08.2009) by Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (28/2009), s. 12(a), (b), S.I. No. 330 of 2009.

F43

Substituted (24.07.2012) by European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Act 2012 (30/2012), s. 10(a)-(d), commenced on enactment.

F44

Inserted (8.03.2005) by Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 (2/2005), s. 76(c), commenced on enactment, subject to transitional provision in s. 68.

F45

Substituted and inserted (24.07.2012) by European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Act 2012 (30/2012), s. 10(e), commenced on enactment.

F46

Inserted (25.08.2009) by Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (28/2009), s. 12(g), S.I. No. 330 of 2009.

F47

Deleted (24.07.2019) by European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Act 2012 (30/2012), s. 10(e), commenced on enactment.

Editorial Notes:

E22

Previous affecting provision: subs. (2)(a) amended, subss. (5)-(7) substituted, subs. (12) amended and subs. (13) inserted (25.08.2009) by Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (28/2009), s. 12(b)(ii), (c)-(g), S.I. No. 330 of 2009; subss. (2)(a), (5)-(7), (12) substituted and subs. (13) deleted as per F-note above.

E23

Previous affecting provisions: subs. (3), (5)(a), (7) substituted and subs. (9) amended (8.03.2005) by Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 (2/2005), s. 76(d)-(f), commenced on enactment; substituted as per F-notes above.