Department of Justice

Understanding the Court Process

Victim Services

Alternative Processes

There are different alternative processes that can be considered for summary offences.

Restorative Justice

Sometimes referred to as community justice, restorative justice is a diversion process for youth and adults.

Restorative justice provides alternatives to the traditional criminal justice system. It usually involves everyone affected by the crime—the victim, the offender and other community people. The accused explains why they committed the offence, and the victim describes how they were affected.

Restorative justice recognizes that a wrong has been done to the victim and focuses on reparation for the victim.

Community Justice Committees, which are administered by different First Nations, run the restorative justice program in their community.

If the police or Crown believes that diversion is appropriate, the accused is referred to a Community Justice Committee.

Community Wellness Court

The Yukon Community Wellness Court (CWC) is a therapeutic court is intended to help build safer Yukon communities through crime reduction.

This court was a response to the high percentage of cases before Yukon criminal courts with offenders with significant wellness-related issues and problems.

The court targets individuals with addictions, mental health problems, and/or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). A team of professionals and community supports help the offenders in this court develop and follow a holistic wellness plan.

The offender must plead guilty and choose to go through this therapeutic court.

The Crown may consider victim input in this court.

To learn more, visit the Community Wellness Court site.

Domestic Violence Treatment Options (DVTO) Court

There is also a court for offenders involved in domestic violence. Please visit our Domestic Violence Treatment Options page.