Researching Reform

MPs are calling for closer scrutiny and reform of the European Arrest Warrant, which is currently perceived to have flaws in urgent need of redress. These flaws lead to miscarriages of justice and the warrants are often used to deal with minor crimes, which is not their primary purpose.

A European Arrest Warrant is valid throughout all member states of the European Union (EU). Once one is issued, it requires another member state to arrest and transfer a criminal suspect or sentenced person to the issuing state so that the person can be put on trial or complete a detention period.

At first glance this may not look as if it might be relevant to family law, but the EAW as it is sometimes called, has become an integral part of the family law process, for many of us assisting families, as a decrease in legal aid, competence, and all round efficiency has crept into the…

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