Extradition Act 2003

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Extradition Act 2003
Long title An Act to make provision about extradition.
Citation 2003 c. 41
Royal assent 20 November 2003
Commencement 1 January 2004
Status: Current legislation
Records of Parliamentary debate relating to the statute from Hansard, at TheyWorkForYou
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Extradition Act 2003 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk
A map of countries with whom the UK has extradition treaties. The UK is in green, category 1 countries are in blue, and category 2 countries are in red

The Extradition Act 2003 (c.41) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which regulates extradition requests by and to the United Kingdom. The Act came into force on 1 January 2004. It transposed the European Arrest Warrant framework decision into British law and implemented the UK side of the controversial UK—US extradition treaty of 2003 before the treaty came into force in April 2007 after being ratified by the US Senate in 2006.[1][2]


The Act is divided into five parts.

  • Parts 1 and 2 deal with "category 1" and "category 2" territories respectively. While it is not mentioned in the Act, category 1 territories are all other member states of the European Union and Part 1 of the Act is the United Kingdom's implementation of the European Arrest Warrant framework decision. Part 2 of the Act is concerned with extradition to all other countries which have an extradition treaty with the United Kingdom.
  • Part 3 deals with issuing European Arrest Warrants and extradition warrants.
  • Part 4 regulates powers of arrest, search and seizure regarding individuals subject to European Arrest Warrants and extradition warrants.
  • Part 5 contains miscellaneous provisions including extradition to and from British overseas territories.


  1. ^ Human Rights Joint Committee (22 June 2011). "The UK's bilateral extradition treaties: US-UK Extradition Treaty 2003". The Human Rights Implications of UK Extradition Policy. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Torres, Carlos (30 September 2006). "Senate Unanimously Ratifies US, UK Extradition Treaty". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 12 September 2008. Ratification had been slowed by complaints from some Irish- American groups that the treaty would create new legal jeopardy for U.S. citizens who opposed British policy in Northern Ireland. 

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