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Diversion from Prosecution


Cases are referred to a restorative justice service by the Procurator Fiscal as an alternative to prosecution in the summary courts.


This type of service was developed in the 1980s by Sacro in conjunction with the Procurator Fiscal Service.


There are currently three such services in Scotland: in North & South Lanarkshire, Edinburgh & Midlothian and Aberdeen City. These services use Shuttle Dialogue or Face-to-Face Meetings, depending on the wishes and circumstances of the participants.


Restorative justice services in the youth justice context are also taking small numbers of referrals from the Procurator Fiscal where the person responsible is 17—18 years old.

Documents and Links

Report on Restorative Justice in Ireland by the Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights (January 2007).

Restorative Justice Developments in New Zealand
Fact Sheet
(NZ Ministry of Justice, 2006)

Implementation guidance - 'Restorative justice: helping to meet local needs' (16 March 2005, National Criminal Justice Board). This guidance invites Local Criminal Justice Boards to consider how restorative justice for adult offenders could be developed in their areas.

Restorative Justice: The Government's Strategy - Responses to the Consultation Document (May 2004)

Diversion from Prosecution to Social Work and other Service Agencies: Evaluation of the 100% Funding Pilot Programmes: 1999 (Scottish Executive)

Recommendation No. R (99) 19 Of The Committee Of Ministers To Member States Concerning Mediation In Penal Matters (adopted 15 September 1999)

Council Of The European Union, Framework Decision of 15 March 2001 on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings


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