The [Attorney-General/appropriate body] shall be designated as the Central Authority for [enacting country], and references in this Act to the Central Authority are to the [Attorney-General/appropriate body] acting in that capacity.
14.3This chapter first looks at the gatekeeping role of the Central Authority. We then consider whether the Attorney-General is best suited to this position. The appropriateness of having a Central Authority to transmit MACMA requests is not in question.
14.4In Part 1 of this issues paper, we have suggested there should be a Central Authority that is formally charged with the oversight of extradition in New Zealand. We discussed whether the Central Authority should be the Solicitor-General or the Attorney-General, to further emphasise that decisions as to how an extradition proceeds are not to be political ones. We recognise there may be different considerations in relation to mutual assistance, for example, stronger international relations aspects. However, on balance, if the Solicitor-General is given formal responsibility for the progress of extradition proceedings, in our view, the Solicitor-General should also have formal responsibility for MACMA requests.