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Diversion Program
Greene County Juvenile Court began the Diversion Program in the summer of 1993, with one full-time staff person. The program has now grown to a staff of nine and its primary purpose is to prevent formal court involvement for youth who have had no previous court history.

Process Rights
The Diversion Program is based on the philosophy that not all cases are best handled through the formal court system.

Individuals referred to the Diversion Program are assured of the following due process rights:
  1. A child who is referred to a diversion program may choose instead to have the matter handled officially by the court
  2. The child will be expected to admit or deny the alleged behavior at the onset of the diversion hearing. If the child admits the alleged behavior, the hearing officer may develop a diversion contract for the child to complete. If the child denies the alleged behavior, the case may be transferred to the formal court process. The hearing officer has the discretion to refer any case to the formal court at any given time
  3. The child has a right to consult an attorney before agreeing to program participation
  4. Any statement made by the child during participation in a diversion program or during negotiations leading to such participation is inadmissible as evidence in any subsequent adjudicatory hearing relative to the original charge as it relates to the child who was in the diversion program. Statements and/or documents in the diversion program may be used in the prosecution of a co-participant who is formally charged

The benefits of the Diversion Program are that if the youth and parent(s) complete the program contract, the case will be handled informally with no official juvenile court record. If, however, the program is not completed, the case will be referred to Juvenile Court for a formal hearing.

Rhonda White
Diversion Director

Juvenile Court
2100 Greene Way Blvd.
Xenia, OH 45385

Ph: (937) 562-4000
Fx: (937) 562-4060

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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