Building Stronger Relationships
Through Restorative Practices
Lanark County Community Justice consists of over 40 trained and dedicated community volunteers who agree to meet with the young person, their parent/guardian(s), victims and other community members at a forum, to negotiate a way to make amends in the form of agreed sanctions.
The conference provides a voice to the victim, an opportunity for communities to become involved in the administration of youth justice, and an opportunity for young persons to better understand the impact of their actions. This process results in a timely and meaningful resolution that also avoids victims and witnesses having to attend court.
Our court diversion program is voluntary and individuals must be willing to accept responsibility for their actions that led to the police involvement or a criminal charge. Upon successful completion of the assigned sanction(s), the charge(s) will be withdrawn or stayed for further referrals and no charges will be laid.
Records of participation will be kept for a two year period and can be brought to the Crown's attention if the individual re-offends during this period, even after they turn 18.
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