Lanark County Community Justice has 30 highly trained and dedicated Community Justice Volunteer Facilitators who will meet with the youth or adult accused, the victim(s) and their respective support people (parent/guardians/spouse), and other community members at a forum, to have a facilitate conversation about what happened, who was harmed, the impact of that harm, and how to make it right. Together, the forum participants will create a written agreement about what actions the accused will take to make amends. The program coordinator will supervise the process and ensure that the agreement is completed by the offender. When the agreement is complete the charges will not be laid by the police, or the charges will be withdrawn or stayed by the Crown.
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.
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To be considered for the program, the accused must be willing to: