Source: (2001) Fourth National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia- New Crimes of New Responses. Canberra, Australia 21-22 June, Canberra Australian Institute of Criminology. .

Brian Bates, Commissioner of Police in the Northern Territory, presents a Juvenile Pre-Court Diversion Scheme being used in that territory as an alternative approach to juvenile offending. Specifically, it is an alternative to an adversarial system in response to juvenile offending. This alternative scheme provides a range of interventions to divert juveniles from the criminal justice system. The paper sketches the background to this approach, describes each of the diversionary interventions, and reports on results from the first nine months of the program’s operations.


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