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Diversion

The Police Adult Diversion Scheme (diversion) lets the police deal with some defendants without going through the formal court prosecution process. The police diversion officer will contact you to get your views before diversion is offered.

What cases can go through diversion?

All cases will be considered for diversion, but it will not be used for serious offending. Diversion can be used when:

The Police Prosecution Service (police prosecutors) will decide whether a defendant is suitable for diversion. The court will adjourn the defendant's case so that they can meet with the police diversion officer and then complete the agreed diversion conditions.

Diversion conditions

Diversion agreements can include any one or a combination of the following conditions:

If the defendant completes their diversion conditions, the charge is withdrawn and the defendant has no conviction. If the defendant fails to complete their diversion conditions, the matter will be referred back to court.

Victim’s views

The police diversion officer will contact you to get your views before diversion is offered but sometimes the defendant will be offered diversion even when you don’t think they should.

You might be able to attend a restorative justice meeting with the defendant on diversion. You can talk to the police diversion officer about this.

More information about diversion

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