New Hampshire Court Diversion Programs
Diversion programs are confidential, voluntary, alternatives to regular court proceedings. 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. The Panel works with the participant, with input from the harmed party, to create a contract outlining what the participant will do to repair the harm done and address any underlying needs. If they successfully complete the program, the case is returned to the prosecuting officer and charges are dismissed. If they do not successfully complete the program, the case is returned for prosecution.
Juvenile Court Diversion is for individuals who are under 18 years of age. Parental permission is necessary for participation. Adult Diversion is for participants over 18 years of age. If adults would like their parents or others to be involved, they must sign a release of information.
Lower Grafton County
The Lower Grafton County Court Diversion program serves Lebanon, Hanover, Canaan, Enfield, Lyme, and Orford. Police Departments and Prosecutors make the referrals.
The Sullivan County Court Diversion program serves all towns in Sullivan County. Judges, Police Departments, and Prosecutors make the referrals.
Our victim liaison is available to help identified harmed parties understand our programs and the Restorative Justice process, and participate if they so choose.