Our diversion service is accessed through the courts. If you or a loved one has been arrested and you would like to find out if diversion may be an option, your legal representative must speak to the public prosecutor dealing with your case. Taking full responsibility is an important part of the diversion process. If you are denying responsibility (which is not the same as admitting guilt), then you will probably not be considered. Diversion is an option available to the courts. You cannot pressure the court into granting you a diversion.
If you get a NICRO diversion, you must contact the relevant social worker and set up an appointment for your assessment and initial interview. You will receive instructions as to what interventions you will receive and the requirements for compliance. You must inform the social worker about all your commitments (work, family and study) so that a feasible schedule can be developed. If you are unable to fulfill all of your diversion responsibilities due to illness, work or study, you must inform the social worker immediately. You may not negotiate with the social worker about which intervention you receive. You can make a request for additional services, but it is the professional decision of the social worker as to what interventions you receive. If you fail to comply with any aspect of your diversion order, an affidavit to that effect will be written and submitted by the social worker, and the prosecutor will decide whether to proceed to trial or make adjustments to your order.