This Practice Note explains the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Guidelines which apply when deciding whether to prosecute journalists or public officials following investigations for bribery or misconduct in public office. The guidelines were produced following the Leveson Inquiry in 2012 and Project Elvedon in 2014/15.
This Practice Note provides a summary of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO’s) policies on bribery including its policy on facilitation payments and gifts and hospitality (business expenditure), which sits alongside the SFO’s guidance on corporate self-reporting, its corporate co-operation guidance and its internal guidance on evaluating a corporate compliance programme to inform a decision to prosecute, the availability of an adequate procedures defence, the suitability of a DPA or sentencing exercises. This Practice Note summarises the SFO’s approach to compliance self-reporting and the approach where a company has relied on the previous policy, as well as the current policy on adequate procedures, facilitation payments and business expenditure.
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