8.9Our view is that if certain judges are designated to manage and hear extradition cases, this may assist in disposition. We therefore recommend the following process: When an application is filed in a main centre with a number of judges, a judge or certain judges could be designated by the Chief Judge to be available for extradition cases. And so, when an arrest warrant is sought, a case could be referred to a designated judge in the first instance. Of course practical considerations need to apply and we acknowledge that, where there is a sense of urgency and a designated judge is unavailable, a non-designated judge might need to undertake this particular task.
8.10Our suggestion is, however, that once the first appearance takes place, the application is assigned to a designated judge and the Preliminary and Issues Conferences (if required) are scheduled to occur when that judge is available. Thereafter, the particular case would remain docketed to the individual judge until disposition. It seems to us that this may enhance efficiency and timeliness.