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Northern Territory Police Juvenile Pre-Court Diversion Scheme

Waite, Graham
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Paper presented at Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment, Fourth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, set for 28-30 August, 2003. Downloaded 11 September 2003.

In 2000 the Northern Territory of Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia entered into a formal agreement for a Juvenile Pre-Court Diversion Scheme. The agreement requires the Northern Territory Police to manage the diversion scheme, and it requires the police to offer diversion to all juveniles who commit a minor property offense. The aim of this scheme is to divert juveniles away from the formal justice system and the courts. Graham Waite, Superintendent of the Northern Territory Police, provides a detailed report on the goals, processes, and results of this diversion scheme in the Northern Territory, with particular attention to its preventive and restorative aspects in relation to juvenile offending.


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