8.3It is also important to focus on what the extradition task is. To be clear on what it is and what it is not, sets a proper basis for the court procedure. The purpose of an extradition hearing is not to decide ultimate guilt or innocence, but rather to decide whether or not a person sought to be extradited should be sent overseas to a foreign requesting country to answer, by way of trial or sentence, charges in that country. Approached in this way, procedures can be customised so that they are relevant to the task and not simply generic and ill-suited.
8.4We have approached our task by looking afresh at what procedure and jurisdiction is required. Having identified the fundamentals, we have consulted, in particular, the judiciary in order to audit what we believe is required, and to ensure that we have not overlooked incorporating important and relevant provisions.