The release of rules on assisting suicide has prompted an "unprecedented" reaction from the public.
As Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), prepared to publish the final version of his guidelines, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had received nearly 5,000 responses to the interim policy.
The final guidance will set out in full when helping someone to end their life will result in prosecution and when it will not.
The eight pages of guidelines will be released along with a 45-page summary of responses.
A CPS spokesman said the vast majority of responses were from individual members of the public.
Academics, health workers, politicians and religious groups also contributed their views.
Assisted suicide remains a criminal offence in England and Wales, punishable by up to 14 years in prison, but individual decisions on prosecution are made depending on the circumstances in each case.
An interim policy was published in September and has been in force since.
It made clear that someone acting out of compassion, to help a terminally ill patient with a "clear, settled and informed wish to die" is unlikely to face the courts.
But persuading or pressuring the victim to kill themselves, or benefiting from their death, would encourage prosecution.