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New Zealand has been exploring new models of justice to respond to victims, reduce recidivism, and enhance community safety. These models have been variously described as focusing on restorative justice, indigenous justice, community justice, or diversion. Elements of all of these models can be seen in the Community Panel adult pre-trial diversion schemes that are the subject of this evaluation. In this paper, the authors summarize pilot Community Panel diversion schemes in New Zealand: their different settings and processes; the participants and their experiences; outcomes; and costs.