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What is a direct accountability program?

Some courthouses will have a direct accountability program. While these programs vary from courthouse to courthouse, they usually involve a community justice worker who can assist you with completing diversion. This means that they can set up counselling or find you a place to complete community service etc. They can also verify to the Crown that you have completed what you were supposed to do.

As with diversion in general, there are pros and cons to consider when deciding whether to participate in a direct accountability program. You should always speak to your lawyer or duty counsel before agreeing to participate in such a program.

Generally speaking, direct accountability programs are only available to adults (18 years or older) who have limited or no prior involvement with the adult criminal court system, and have been charged with minor offences.