Skip to main content

Accessibility controls

Main content area

Letter from the DPP to the Attorney General on agreements made under Sections 71 to 74 of SOCPA 2005 and the Sentencing Act 2020, covering the period 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2023

|Publication, International and organised crime

Max Hill KC
Director of Public Prosecutions

Rt. Hon Victoria Prentis MP
Attorney General for England & Wales

Dear Attorney,

Assisting Offender Agreements

I write further to my letter of 2 October 2022 to your predecessor, which related to the number of agreements made by the CPS under sections 71 to 74 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA). This year agreements have been made since changes to the legislation in December 2020, which resulted in sections of SOCPA being replaced by sections of the Sentencing Act 2020. The relevant legislation the most recent agreements were made under are set out in the table below.

In the interests of transparency, the CPS publishes the number of such agreements entered into on an annual basis. I am now writing to inform you of the latest numbers of agreements entered into between 1 May 2022 and 30 April 2023. These are set out in the table below:

SOCPA Agreements: 1 May 2022–30 April 2023

SOCPA sectionNumber of agreements
s.71 SOCPA1
s.72 SOCPA0
s.73 SOCPA1
s.388 Sentencing Act1
s.74 Sentencing Act6

Collation of these figures is reliant on manual reporting and whilst we have endeavoured to produce figures that are as accurate as possible, this data is subject to human error.

This letter will be published on the CPS website alongside those previously sent concerning the use of Assisting Offender agreements.

Yours sincerely,

Max Hill signature







Further reading

Scroll to top