The Right Direction

Everyone plays a part in the diversion process: the arresting officer, the crown prosecutor’s office, referral programs such as a Youth Justice Committee or Sanctions program with Calgary Youth Justice Committees, as well as the community.  After assessing factors related to the young person and the seriousness of the offence, a determination can be made as to the correct route to take along the criminal justice path for a youth involved in an offence.  After completing a full investigation and when there is sufficient evidence obtained to support the charging of youth, an officer can follow four pathways: 1) Warnings, Cautions or Referrals to a Community Program; 2) A recommendation for Extrajudicial Sanctions which are referrals made either pre-charge or post-charge to a Youth Justice Committee; 3) Criminal Prosecution; or, 4) No charges.