SFO and DPP publish DPA code: SFO and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) have published the guidance for prosecutors on DPAs, to take effect from 24 February. The guidance, which was consulted on in late 2013, sets the procedural requirements and legal considerations for use of a DPA for certain offences by corporates relating to financial crime. David Green, Director of SFO, making it clear that DPAs were not a way for corporates to "buy themselves out of trouble", said "the most important features of the DPA regime outlined in the code are judicial oversight, and unequivocal cooperation from the corporate. Prosecution remains the preferred option for corporate criminality." Alison Saunders, the DPP, said she thought it would only rarely be appropriate for the Crown Prosecution Service to use DPAs. (Source: SFO and DPP Publish DPA Code)