community resolution

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Type of out-of-court disposal used to deal with low level offences or antisocial behaviour through informal agreement between the parties involved. It is an alternative to progression through the traditional criminal justice process.

It can be offered when the offender admits the offence and usually when the victim has agreed that they don’t want formal criminal action to be taken.

It may provide, for example, for an apology to the victim or for the offender to make good the damage caused. It isn’t provided for by specific legislation but relies on the common law ability of police officers to deal informally with reported crime.

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