Victim Offender Conference (VOC) - Court Diversion
is a Preliminary Conference that incorporates the victim(s) of the offense,
along with all the other parties permitted to attend a Preliminary Conference. A VOC is a restorative justice practice and
allows for the juvenile to understand the harm caused by their actions by
personalizing the offense. It also has the potential for the victim to
understand why this occurred by hearing directly from the alleged offender.
VOC’s are arranged and facilitated by a probation officer and often conducted
in the community. Both the alleged juvenile offender and victim(s) are
interviewed and screened for appropriateness for a VOC. At the conclusion
of the VOC, the minor may be placed on Informal Supervision for a period of up
to 12 months.
At the end of Informal Supervision, if all conditions of
the Probation Adjustment planned have been fulfilled, the minor will be
satisfactorily terminated, and their case will be closed without court
involvement. Should the minor be rearrested while on the Informal
Supervision or fail to complete all their conditions set forth in the
adjustment plan, the matter will be referred to the States Attorney’s Office
where a Delinquency Petition may be filed in Juvenile Court.
See KAH and JJC tabs in the left column for more information.