Criminal Justice Diversion

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If you are going to court for the first time and intend to plead guilty, inquire with the informant (the police officer who charged you with an offence) about the Criminal Justice Diversion Program.

The Diversion Program could see you avoid a criminal record if you are considered eligible and complete a diversion plan. 

A diversion plan can include conditions like:

  • You must not be commit any offences in a certain period of time
  • You must write a letter of apology to the victim
  • You must make a donation to a particular charity
  • You must engage in counselling or other rehabilitation treatments

The informant makes the decision about whether to recommend you for the diversion program. Then the Diversion Coordinator considers this recommendation and advises the Magistrate about whether it is a suitable option. The Magistrate then makes the final decision about whether or not you will be given a diversion.

Because you have to take responsibility for the offence, always speak to a lawyer before contacting the informant.

For more information about the Diversion Program and the process for being considered see:

See also: Impact of a criminal record

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