Rendition Warrant Law and Legal Definition

A rendition warrant refers to a warrant issued by one jurisdiction to another jurisdiction requesting the extradition of a fugitive. A fugitive is a person who has fled from one state to another in order to avoid prosecution or punishment. Generally, a rendition warrant is granted by a governor of a state. A governor’s rendition warrant is an original warrant of arrest and supersedes any existing fugitive warrant issued. The process begins when a fugitive refuses to sign a waiver to go back to the demanding state.

The following is an example of a case law defining rendition warrant:

A rendition warrant is a warrant requesting the extradition of a fugitive from one jurisdiction to another.[State v. J.M.W., 936 So. 2d 555 (Ala. Crim. App. 2005)].