The Diversion Process

  • •  The Crown is responsible for the screening of potential diversion of Inuit clients.
  • •  The client agrees to Diversion, the Crown will provide the charge synopsis and criminal record to the Restorative Justice Liaison (RJL).
  • •  RJL is responsible for explaining the diversion process to the client.
  • •  RJL is responsible for the intake process.
  • •  RJL presents the matter to IRJC for their review and approval.
  • •  IRJC decides to accept or not accept the matter for Diversion, no longer than two weeks after receiving the file.
  • •  If accepted, IRJC members will be assigned to facilitate the conferencing sessions.
  • •  RJL will provide a written letter(s) of acceptance of the matter.
  • •  RJL will provide progress reports to the Crown, client and Facilitators to ensure all involved are aware of the timeframe of completion, success/struggles in the completion of the diversion process.
  • •  The Crown agrees to inform the RJL of the return dates of the diversion client so that there is adequate time to prepare a letter of progress.
  • •  Upon the successful completion of the established/agreed upon Healing Plan by the diversion client, the RJL will inform the Crown Attorney of the outcome and the charge(s) against the diversion client will be withdrawn.
  • •  If the Committee believes a diversion client has failed to follow the Diversion agreement, it the RJL will notify the Crown agency within two to four business days.
  • •  If the diversion client is unable to complete their Healing Plan conditions, the RJL will inform the Crown Attorney in a timely fashion. The charge(s) against the client will then be concluded in the Courts.
  • •  If a formally diverted case requires victim input, the RJL may make a request to the Crown to have this involvement.
  • •  For sentencing purposes, the Court may be advised that Diversion was not completed.