Diversion from prosecution

In some circumstances, rather than prosecute through the courts, the Procurator Fiscal will ‘divert’ a case for social work intervention. If the subject of the proceedings agrees to participate, a short intervention is offered. A positive outcome will most likely result in no further action being taken.

The aim is to prevent you from committing another crime. Your criminal justice social worker, or other agency, will work with you to help tackle the underlying problems of your offending behaviour.

Diversion may be considered in cases involving young or first offenders, for minor offences or where there is no overriding public interest for a prosecution.