Victim Offender Conference (VOC) - Court Diversion
A VOC is a Preliminary Conference that incorporates the victim(s) of the offense, along with all the other parties permitted to attend a Preliminary Conference as part of Restorative Justice. Before it is determined that a VOC is appropriate, both the alleged juvenile offender and victim(s) are thoroughly screened. A VOC may personalize the harm caused by the offense, in turn providing the youth with an understanding of the effects of their behavior.
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. At the conclusion of the VOC, if specific criteria have been met, the minor has the opportunity to be placed on Informal Supervision for a period of up to 12 months.
A formal adjustment plan will be created for the minor to follow. If all conditions have been fulfilled, the case will be satisfactorily terminated and this matter will be closed without further court involvement. If the minor is arrested while on Informal Supervision or fails to complete all of the conditions set forth in their adjustment plan, the matter will be referred to the States Attorney’s Office where a delinquency petition may be filed in Juvenile Court.