CLLS has published its response to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) consultation on Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs). It asks for clarity on several points, including whether DPAs are to be an alternative to criminal prosecution, even when a “realistic prospect of conviction” has been established, or whether they are an option for when prosecutors are not satisfied there is a “realistic prospect of conviction” but some action is nonetheless desirable. Nor is it clear whether self-reporting would prevent the launch of a DPA and CLLS stresses that self-reporting should be encouraged. CLLS also stresses the importance of a privately-held first hearing, as the reputational risks associated with publicity should be minimised until final resolution. (Source: CLLS Response to MoJ on DPA)