Recognizing the delays inherent in securing evidence from abroad, Congress has enacted provisions for suspending the statute of limitations and the requirements of the Speedy Trial Act during the pendency of a formal request for international judicial assistance. However, the suspensive effect is not automatic. See 18 U.S.C. §§ 3161(h)(9) (Speedy Trial Act) and 3292 (statute of limitations).
Updated December 18, 2015