Consent to surrender

New Zealand

International Crimes and International Criminal Court Act 2000


Eligibility for surrender

Surrender by consent—

(1)A person may at any time notify the District Court that he or she consents to being surrendered to the ICC for the international crime or crimes for which surrender is sought.

(2)The District Court may accept the notification of consent under subsection (1) if—

(a)the person is before the District Court when notification of the consent to surrender is given; and

(b)the person has been legally represented in the proceedings; and

(c)the District Court is satisfied that the person has freely consented to the surrender in full knowledge of its consequences.

(3)Nothing in this section prevents a person, in respect of whom a determination of eligibility for surrender is made by the District Court under section 43, from subsequently notifying the Minister that the person consents to surrender.

(4)To avoid doubt,—

(a)a person arrested under a provisional warrant may consent to surrender before a request for surrender is received, in which case the Minister may make a surrender order as if a request for surrender had been received; and

(b)if paragraph (a) applies, section 38(1)(a) does not apply.

Cf 1999 No 55 s 28; Statute, article 92(3)

Procedure following determination on eligibility or consent to surrender—

(1)This section applies if—

(a)the District Court has determined in accordance with section 43 that a person is eligible for surrender; or

(b)a person has consented to surrender to the ICC in accordance with section 45.

(2)If this section applies, the District Court must—

(a) issue a warrant for the detention of the person in a prison or other place authorised in accordance with section 42 of this Act or section 1 84T(3) of the Summary Proceedings Act 1957 pending the surrender of the person to the ICC or the person’s discharge according to law; and

(b)send to the Minister a copy of the warrant of detention and such report on the case as the court thinks fit; and

(c)inform a person to whom subsection (1)(a) applies that,—

(i)subject to section 70, the person will not be surrendered until the expiration of 15 days after the date of the issue of the warrant; and

(ii)during that time the person has the right to make an application for a writ of habeas corpus; and

(iii)the person has the right to lodge an appeal under section 67; and

(d)inform a person to whom subsection (1) applies that the Minister must determine whether to issue a surrender order before the person can be surrendered to the ICC; and

(e)inform the person that if a surrender order is made and the person is not removed within 2 months, the person may apply to be discharged under section 74.


Surrender and temporary surrender

Minister must determine whether person to be surrendered—

(3)The Minister must not make a surrender order in respect of a person until the later of the following times:

(a)until the expiration of 15 days after the date of the issue of the warrant of detention of that person under section 46(2)(a); or

(b)if an appeal, or an application for review or habeas corpus in respect of a determination under this Act, or any appeal from such an appeal or application, is pending, until after the date that the proceedings are finally determined and the result is that the person is eligible to be surrendered.

(4)Nothing in subsection (3) applies to—

(a)a person who has consented to surrender under section 45, whether before the District Court or subsequently by notice to the Minister; or

Rome Statute

Article 89 Surrender of persons to the Court

1. The Court may transmit a request for the arrest and surrender of a person, together with the material supporting the request outlined in article 91, to any State on the territory of which that person may be found and shall request the cooperation of that State in the arrest and surrender of such a person. States Parties shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Part and the procedure under their national law, comply with requests for arrest and surrender.

2. Where the person sought for surrender brings a challenge before a national court on the basis of the principle of ne bis in idem as provided in article 20, the requested State shall immediately consult with the Court to determine if there has been a relevant ruling on admissibility. If the case is admissible, the requested State shall proceed with the execution of the request. If an admissibility ruling is pending, the requested State may postpone the execution of the request for surrender of the person until the Court makes a determination on admissibility.


(a) A State Party shall authorize, in accordance with its national procedural law, transportation through its territory of a person being surrendered to the Court by another State, except where transit through that State would impede or delay the surrender.

(b) A request by the Court for transit shall be transmitted in accordance with article 87. The request for transit shall contain:

(i) A description of the person being transported;

(ii) A brief statement of the facts of the case and their legal characterization; and

(iii) The warrant for arrest and surrender;

(c) A person being transported shall be detained in custody during the period of transit;

(d) No authorization is required if the person is transported by air and no landing is scheduled on the territory of the transit State;

(e) If an unscheduled landing occurs on the territory of the transit State, that State may require a request for transit from the Court as provided for in subparagraph (b). The transit State shall detain the person being transported until the request for transit is received and the transit is effected, provided that detention for purposes of this subparagraph may not be extended beyond 96 hours from the unscheduled landing unless the request is received within that time.

4. If the person sought is being proceeded against or is serving a sentence in the requested State for a crime different from that for which surrender to the Court is sought, the requested State, after making its decision to grant the request, shall consult with the Court.