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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.


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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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However, though the work is taking place on one side of the carriageway at a time, the diversion route is forcing motorists into a seven-mile diversion.
An integrated plan has been prepared for the traffic diversions in both directions of Shaikh Rashid and Shaikh Khalifa Streets.
Electronic signs on the M50 will be used to inform drivers when diversions are in place and each diversion route will be indicated by a specific symbol which drivers will be directed to follow.
Islamabad -- Chairman National Highway Authority (NHA) Shahid Ashraf Tarar on Friday visited the under construction site of Karachi Hyderabad Motorway (M-9) to review progress of work and various road safety measures along the temporary diversions.
The Chairman NHA while expressing satisfaction on the overall progress issued instructions to the concerned NHA staff and the contractor M/s SCORE (FWO) to ensure foolproof safety of the people travelling along the project area especially the diversions.
Gareth runs a shop in the Imperial Arcade called Diversions.
Summary: larsen & toubro (oman) Is sHowIng tHe way to ensure safety durIng roadwork tHrougH Its HIgHly skIlled team wHICH Has desIgned and ConstruCted more tHan 500 safe traffIC dIversIons says HarsHawardHan jagam, Head - eHs of l&t In oman.
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Apart from traffic diversions, the first package also involves the construction of bridges across the canal on the Sheikh Zayed Road sector where eight-lane bridges rising 8-m above the water level will be constructed in each direction, thus enabling free marine navigation in the canal round-the-clock.
New diversions will be fitted with required traffic safety means including signals, cautionary lights and concrete barriers.
A "diversion" includes any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets, other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including embezzlement and theft, and is considered significant if it, along with all diversions for the tax year, exceeds the lesser of: $250,000; 5% of the organization's gross receipts for the tax year in which the diversion or diversions occurred; or 5% of the organization's total assets.
Muscat: Intermittent and sudden diversions of traffic on streets, particularly in the busy commercial areas and along the main roads of the Muscat city without prior intimation, are annoying commuters.