Diversion Programs as an Alternative to Court

What is a Diversion Program?

The Office of the State Attorney maintains several diversionary programs designed to render speedy justice without involvement in the traditional court system. 

These programs provide victims with a responsive forum to address a loss, to avoid arrest and prosecution of the defendant in appropriate situations, and to bring the case to a conclusion as rapidly as possible in a cost-effective manner.

Diversionary hearings are conducted by specially trained volunteers who serve as mediators or hearing officers. It is a highly technical and professional position with the volunteers administering work hours, restitution, and acting as a referral source in a quasi-judicial atmosphere.

Since their inception, these programs have resulted in thousands of hours of community service and millions of dollars in restitution paid to victims of crime.