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UK Deferred Prosecuting Agreements

On 14 February 2014, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and the Director of Public Prosecutions (the Directors) published a Deferred Prosecution Agreements Code of Practice (Code). This followed the production of guidelines for the sentencing of corporate offences by the UK Sentencing Council in January 2014. These two developments were the remaining requirements to be put in place before the new deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) regime could come into force.