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Diversion can be defined as follows: 1. The process of removing some minor criminal traffic, or juvenile cases from the full judicial process, on the condition that the accused undergo some sort of rehabilitation or make restitution for damages. 2. Unauthorized use of funds.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
Instead of going to jail, a defendant goes to a rehabilitation ("rehab") program and is supervised by a probation officer. When the defendant finishes the program, the charges are dismissed and the defendant is not sentenced.
California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)
Another definition of diversion is procedures for handling relatively minor juvenile problems informally, without referral to the juvenile court.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (1988). Glossary of Selected Legal Terms for Juvenile Justice Personnel. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Washington, DC.
A court’s determination that a criminal defendant’s actions merit some other resolution short of incarceration— for example, the imposition of a fine or a stint of community service.
Drogin, Eric Y., et al. Handbook of forensic assessment: Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. Vol. 209. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Diversion is defined as the official suspension of criminal proceedings against an alleged offender. The person may go to a treatment or care program as a condition of the diversion.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)