The guidance has been published following a public consultation on the draft guidance which was published last year. The final guidelines, published by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, are slightly different to the draft guidance with the focus now being more on the motivation of the suspect rather than the characteristics of the victim. The DPP has stressed that the guidance is not about changing the law; assisted suicide remains illegal and carries a prison term of up to 14 years and he does not believe that the guidance will result in more or less prosecutions. Among the most obvious changes from the draft guidance is the removal of the reference to a person’s terminal illness or disability. The DPP said this was done because it was felt it could discriminate against people with these conditions and suggest they are less protected.