The Government has confirmed it will introduce deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) as a new tool in economic crime cases. It confirmed DPAs will be available in relation only to corporate economic crime offences, at least at the outset. Although some respondents to its consultation on introducing DPAs raised concerns, it says that, overall, respondents felt DPAs could play a vital role in overcoming some of the challenges of fighting economic crime. The Government acknowledges that sometimes criminal prosecution will be the only right option, but says sometimes DPAs can tackle crime that might otherwise go without remedy if prosecution is not a viable tool. The Government will introduce provisions for creating the DPA structure into the Crime and Courts Bill, which is currently before Parliament. (Source: Deferred Prosecution Agreements – Government response to the consultation)