Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Commonwealth Developments and Experience

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“Diversion”, besides being an updated version of the long-standing practice of police and prosecutorial screening, also represents a formalisation of conciliation and mediation processes which exist in some Commonwealth countries as a means of avoiding court hearings. As we have seen, a general practice in diversion schemes is that where there is an identifiable victim, the diversion agency may mediate between the offender and the victim to promote a reconciliation, often by way of some form of restitution to the victim. Mediation not only has the cathartic effect of enabling the disputing parties to sort out their own grievances, but it also helps to reduce the workload of the criminal courts.


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