New Judgment: Norris v Government of United States of America  UKSC 9
24 Wednesday Feb 2010
On appeal from:  EWHC 995 (Admin)
Dismissing Norris’ appeal. In an extradition case, the consequences of any interference with ECHR, art 8 rights would have to be exceptionally serious before it could outweigh the public importance of extradition. It was of critical importance in the prevention of disorder and crime that those reasonably suspected of crime were prosecuted and, if found guilty, duly sentenced. Extradition was part of the process for ensuring that this occurred on a basis of international reciprocity. The reality was that only if some quite exceptionally compelling feature was present that interference with family life consequent upon extradition would be disproportionate to the objective that extradition served. This was not such a case.