Could federal law enforcement in this country benefit from having another tool to deal with white collar crime? Transparency International Canada thinks it would and is promoting the idea of a deferred prosecution agreement scheme.
A recent report from TI Canada’s volunteer legal committee called “Another Arrow in the Quiver? Consideration of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement Scheme in Canada” outlines the pros and cons of DPAs and how they work in other jurisdictions.
DPAs are agreements between enforcement authorities and a corporation whereby the authorities agree to refrain from prosecuting the corporation for certain apprehended offences provided that the corporation makes various undertakings and other public interest criteria are met.