Children's Court

Diversionary programs


In some circumstances, children and young people facing criminal charges in the Children's Court may be diverted from the usual court processes and referred to a program that provides intervention and rehabilitation or other assistance to address the underlying issues in their lives that may have contributed to the commission of the crime or crimes. 

Court diversion programs typically involve a judicial officer deferring a case while the child or young person participates in a rehabilitation program or other process to assist with his/her particular needs.

The diversionary program most commonly used in the Children‘s Court is a referral to Youth Justice Conferencing.