The High Court will decide later this month whether or not to endorse a European Arrest Warrant for Ian Bailey who was convicted in France earlier this year, in his absence, of the murder of French woman, Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in 1996.

It is the third European Arrest Warrant for the extradition of Mr Bailey to France, to come before the courts here.

It was first mentioned before the High Court two weeks ago and the court directed that Mr Bailey's lawyers should be given the opportunity to attend today to indicate if he wanted to oppose the endorsement of the warrant.

Mr Bailey, 62, attended court with his lawyers, in what they said was a mark of respect to the court and to indicate his availability to attend the hearings.

Senior Counsel Robert Barron on behalf of the State said the High Court had rejected the last attempt to extradite Mr Bailey in 2017.  Mr Justice Hunt rejected that attempt as an abuse of process and also refused to make a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Supreme Court rejected the first attempt to extradite Mr Bailey in a ruling in 2012. It found Ireland could not extradite an English citizen to France for a crime that did not occur in France.

However, Mr Barron pointed out new legislation has since been introduced here, which could have a bearing on the interpretation of the original Supreme Court ruling.

Mr Bailey's Senior Counsel, Ronan Munro, said they were anxious to avoid any repetition of the abuse of process.

Mr Justice Donald Binchy said the process of the court endorsing European arrest warrants was a "screening" process to make sure people were not dragged through the courts when there was clearly no basis for a warrant being issued or where the warrant was clearly flawed. He said he did not think an endorsement application was a forum for a full hearing on the issues raised by the application.

Mr Bailey's lawyers asked for time to consider the issue. The matter will be mentioned again on 16 December when the warrant may be endorsed.

The judge said that if the copy of the French court's judgment convicting Mr Bailey of murder was to be relied on by either side, he would need a "proper translation" rather than the "very difficult to understand", translation that had been provided by the French authorities.

Mr Bailey left court without commenting. He has repeatedly denied any part in the murder.