Deferred Prosecution Decisions

Consultation Reference number: Cm 8348

CILEx is seeking your views on proposals by the Ministry of Justice ( MoJ’s)  to introduce a new enforcement tool: Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs).

The Government’s intention is to ensure that a higher proportion of economic crime is identified, investigated and dealt with. DPAs are a tool that seeks to achieve these goals whilst being transparent, clear and consistent.

Under a DPA, a prosecutor would lay but would not immediately proceed with criminal charges against a commercial organisation pending successful compliance with tough requirements such as financial penalties, reparation for victims, confiscation of the profits of wrongdoing and measures to prevent future offending

We hope that you will consider the  MoJ’s proposals carefully to help  inform our response and to ensure that the proposals are sensible, proportionate and will make a genuine difference when they are introduced.

The deadline for the consultation is 9/08/2012.  The consultation can be accessed via this (239 KB) PDF hosted on the MOJ website.