4th District Juvenile Court - Citation and Diversion Unit
The Citation and Diversion Unit (CDU) is a division of the Juvenile Court which deals primarily with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd time misdemeanor offenders. CDU started handling cases on June 30th, 1997. It is staffed by five full time employees as well as interns working with the Juvenile Court.
The intent of this program is to educate juveniles and their parents as to the laws of the State of Utah and also to provide a consequence for juveniles who commit minor offenses. This program seems to have a significant impact on the juveniles that come through the Juvenile Court system as well as other juveniles within the community.
- Provide early intervention and establish immediate consequences
- Help the juvenile accept responsibility for his or her own behavior
- Provide education for both the juvenile and the parent
- Provide support for the parent
The main focus of CDU is the Accelerated Misdemeanor Program. This is a process by which Class 'B' and 'C' misdemeanor offenders are cited and directed to appear at a citation class within two weeks of the offense date. The referring officer gives the juvenile and parent a specific date and time to appear to address the delinquent behavior. This enhances the court's ability to impact the offender while deterring further delinquent behavior.
CDU is currently working with most law enforcement agencies within Utah County who will be issuing citations with appearance dates. Under the Accelerated Misdemeanor Program, all Class 'B' and 'C' misdemeanors, infractions, and status offenses may be issued citations with appearance dates.
EXCEPTIONS: No appearance dates are given for the following: Truancy, Ungovernable Behavior, Fish and Game Violations, and Traffic matters.
This program has improved court response time in our district by eliminating months between the juvenile's arrest and appearance in Court.
ALL CLASS 'A' MISDEMEANORS AND ABOVE FOLLOW THE NORMAL REFERRAL PROCESS
The Alternative Referral Services (ARS) is a fast track program designed to provide two levels of diversion intervention for minor delinquency offenses. Families have the option of selecting a program after a group preliminary inquiry and educational presentation.
ARS Programs focus on education, self-esteem, problem solving, parenting, communication, boundary setting, and family interaction. Program compliance is monitored by court staff and closures are non-judicial if the youth completes the program on time.
For more information regarding the Citation Diversion Unit contact:
4TH DISTRICT JUVENILE COURT
2021 S STATE STREET
PROVO, UT 84606