Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Commonwealth Developments and Experience

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Depenalisation and Diversion

Depenalisation is a close relation of decriminalisation in that the criminal behaviour is no longer handled by the criminal justice system, instead another agency steps in to take over the responsibility. We have seen, for example, that in the Canadian province of Ontario, minor offences are now mainly an administrative concern; they are being weaned away from the criminal courts. Another prime example of depenalisation is the replacement of the criminal justice model with the medical model in dealing with alcohol and drug-related offences.


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