Q: What does the term “diversion” mean?

A: Criminal offenses are often diverted in two ways. First, a criminal charge against a child can be diverted to an outside body known as Juvenile Conference Committee, a judicially appointed body which hears juvenile cases informally. “Diversion” is also used to describe a type of adjudication wherein the Court carries or defers disposition on a case so as to give a child an opportunity to avoid conviction. If the child does not get in trouble for the diversion period, the case is closed without a finding of guilt.