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R (Purdy) v DPP  UKHL 45 led to the DPP issuing its Policy for Prosecutors in Respect of Cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide on 25/2/10. The CPS is consulted on interim guidance from 23/9/09 to 16/12/09. The final guidance was published on 25/2/10.
The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 amends the law on suicide with effect from 1/2/10. The amendments made by s59 Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to s2 Suicide Act 1961 are explained in MoJ Circular 2010/03 below.
On 19/7/10 Tony Nicklinson, who suffers from locked-in syndrome and may want his wife to to kill him, sought leave to JR the DPP asking for guidance on whether it is always in the public interest to prosecute in cases of consensual killing and if it is not, the public interest factors applicable.