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Diversion

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.

Cross-references

Riparian Rights.

diversion

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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Councillor Williams said he felt it totally wrong to give priority to path diversions that affect planning applications or permission over people who have been waiting on a list for years.
hospitals temporarily closed their emergency departments (EDs) to ambulances by declaring an ambulance diversion. (1) Ambulance diversions delay emergency care, (2,3) and have been associated with increased mortality, (4,5) particularly for patients with time-sensitive conditions such as acute myocardial infarctions.
The following closures will be in place overnight, between 8:30pm and 5.30am, with fully signed diversions in place during the northbound east tunnel closures for oversized vehicles:
Traffic police would be deployed on road blockades to guide motorists to alternative routes and diversions.
People visiting a leisure centre in Wolverhampton will face diversions due to a road being closed for a month.
In recent years, California has tightened rules for reporting diversions of water for agriculture and other uses.
The diversions and closure will be in force between 10pm and 6am, Monday to Friday, as part of the smart motorway project on the M60 and M62, and are set to last until April 28.
MOTORISTS are facing long overnight diversions over the next two weeks, as a major route is closed for roadworks.
01 : 47 PM - 16/02/2018 Manama, Feb.16 (BNA): Roads Planning and Design Director of the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Kadhim Abdul Latif stated that traffic diversions in 2017 witnessed an unprecedented leap, when it comes to planning ahead in line with global standards, which contributed to improving traffic diversions.
An integrated plan has been prepared for the traffic diversions in both directions of Shaikh Rashid and Shaikh Khalifa Streets.
Under the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Reclamation is authorized to assist the state of California in developing and implementing measures to avoid losses of juvenile anadromous fish resulting from unscreened diversions on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries.
BUS passengers in Penylan will face almost nine months of diversions.