QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
London WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
MR JUSTICE DAVID CLARKE
|DISTRICT COURT OF PROSTEJOV CZECH REPUBLIC||Defendant|
|CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE||Interested Party|
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"(i) the gravity of the offence alleged,
(ii) the complexity of what is in issue,
(iii) the severity of the consequences for the defendant and others affected, and
(iv) the needs of other cases."
By Rule 1.3 it is provided:
"The court must further the overriding objective in particular when --
(a) exercising any power given to it by legislation (including these Rules) . . . "
"The Criminal Procedures Rules apply to extradition hearings to the extent that they contain provisions relevant to such hearings. The Rules impose upon the court a duty to manage the case and upon the parties a duty to assist the court, so that the overriding objective is achieved."
Then at paragraph 76 he pointed out that extradition proceedings are criminal proceedings, albeit of a very special kind.