The repatriation of a foreign national prisoner from the UK does not require the production of a court order; under the Repatriation of Prisoners Act 1984 a warrant is issued on behalf of the Secretary of State which enables the transfer of a prisoner into the custody of a foreign jurisdiction.
The following number of prisoners were repatriated by England and Wales to a foreign jurisdiction each year since 2005:
Number 2005 136 2006 111 2007 111 2008 68
The United Kingdom currently has prisoner transfer agreements with over 100 countries and territories.
Repatriation requires the consent of the sentencing state, the receiving state and the prisoners themselves. A prisoner cannot be forcibly repatriated.