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A turning aside or altering of the natural course or route of a thing. The term is chiefly applied to the unauthorized change or alteration of a water course to the prejudice of a lower riparian, or to the unauthorized use of funds.

A program for the disposition of a criminal charge without a criminal trial; sometimes called operation de nova, intervention, or deferred prosecution.

The disposition is conditional on the defendant's performing certain tasks or participating in a treatment program. If the conditions are successfully completed, the charge is dismissed. But if the accused does not meet his or her obligations, prosecution may be instituted.


Riparian Rights.


n. in criminal procedure, a system for giving a chance for a first time criminal defendant in lesser crimes to perform community service, make restitution for damage due to the crime, obtain treatment for alcohol or drug problems and/or counselling for antisocial or mentally unstable conduct. If the defendant cooperates and the diversion results in progress, the charges eventually may be dismissed. Diversion may not be granted for a second offense. (See: probation)

See: decoy, detour, deviation, digression, enjoyment, misappropriation, misusage, treat
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The diversion route advises drivers to drive around Kenilworth, to bypass the works.
The pilots, run in partnership with the Mental Health Diversion Council, are currently operating in Barry, Berrien, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Marquette, Monroe, Oakland, St.
Dubai: On Saturday, the Roads and Transports Authority (RTA) will open the Phase II of the Traffic Diversion Project stretching from Shaikh Khalifa Street in the direction of the Dubai World Trade Centre R/A and vice versa.
1) This practicum highlights the results of a recent assessment of the Municipality of Anchorage's pretrial diversion program as an example of a small but hopeful cost-savings option for Alaskan communities.
Road safety expert should visit the entire project area and carry out safety audit to ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic and diversion length should be kept between 2 to 3 km.
New says that in healthcare, clinicians want to trust each other, but diversion happens regularly, so all staff need to be comfortable coming forward with concerns.
The diversion, on Sunday, September 6, 2015, will extend about 1km between Al Garhoud Bridge and Wafi Interchange.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will open on Saturday, a temporary traffic diversion on the Shaikh Rashid Road for the traffic coming from Dubai heading towards Abu Dhabi parallel to Wafi Mall.
Diversion by healthcare personnel presents an underappreciated risk to patients and healthcare personnel.
Sridhar, Manger -- EHS, took up thechallenge and constructed a traffic diversion successfully.
Cold Plane & resurface - Road Closure Diversion via A1042,A174 & A1053 2 weeks Document:MSR_BUS_1xcol_Bus.
The diversion is likely to affect traffic in both directions.