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References for diversion

References related to diversion.

Magistrates' Court of Victoria

The court site has information about court processes to help people who have to attend the magistrates court. This includes a detailed guide that explains the specialist court services (including the drug court and diversion program) and other supports.

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Magistrates Court Practice Directions

This direction makes it clear that diversion will only be considered when the offender unequivocally accepts responsibility for the offence.

It also states that the last date that a person can be referred to the diversion program is on the date of the contest mention.

See Magistrates' Court—Practice direction No. 1 of 2003.

This direction is an attempt to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person who are involved in the diversion programs. Koori Courts in Melbourne and Mildura hear diversion applications. The court expects to expand the practice to all venues where the Magistrates' Koori Court sits.

See Magistrates' Court—Practice direction No. 10 of 2016.

VLA—Professional support

The 'Youth law resources' section of 'Practice resources' on VLA-Net has more information about the ropes program, the potential for using the diversion provisions in the Children's Court and other possible alternatives to proceeding to court.

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