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Deferment of Prosecution
The other option for diversion for prosecutors is that of deferring prosecution under the condition that the suspected juvenile offender performs certain actions to remove the harmful consequences of the criminal offense. These tasks include repairing or compensating for any damage caused, paying a contribution to a public fund, a charity institution or the compensation fund for victims of crimiTable 19.11. Number of juvenile cases referred to deferment and success rate, 2005-2014
(Source: Office of the State Prosecutor General)
nal offenses, or performing community service. If the suspected youth fulfils the obligation undertaken within a period of 6 months, the criminal complaint is dismissed.
The success rate of such procedures has been rather good (see Table 19.11) and the measure has been used more frequently than mediation. Additionally, it is less budget related than mediation, hence it has not seen the same downfall in recent years.
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