New Hampshire Court Diversion Programs
Lower Grafton County Court Diversion
The Lower Grafton County Court Diversion program serves Lebanon, Hanover, Canaan, Enfield, Lyme, and Orford, Grantham, and Plainfield. Diversion is a confidential program in which referrals are made from the Lebanon Police Department Prosecutor or the Grafton County Prosecutor. The program is an alternative to going through court and is voluntary. The program coordinator works with Restorative Justice Panel volunteers who are trained in Restorative Justice principles and practices, and come from a variety of backgrounds.
Participants must take responsibility for their actions in order to participate. The panel works with the victim and participant to create a contract, which serves as an agreement outlining what the participant will do to repair the harm done and address any underlying needs. If they are successful in completing the program the case is returned to the prosecuting officer and charges are dismissed. If they are unsuccessful in completing the diversion program, the case is returned for prosecution.
Juvenile Court Diversion:
This program is for individuals who are under 18 years of age. Parental permission is necessary for participation.
Adult Court Diversion (18+):
Designed for participants over 18 years of age and above. If individuals would like their parents to be involved, a release of information will need to be signed.
Our victim liaison is available to help identified harm parties understand our various programs and the Restorative Justice process.