The Purpose of Neighborhood Court
Neighborhood Court is a restorative justice program initiated by the Yolo County District Attorney’s office in cooperation with the Davis
and UC Davis Police Departments.
Neighborhood Court seeks to address nonviolent and low level crimes through community-based solutions to swiftly redress the harm caused by these offenses outside of the traditional criminal justice system. The purpose of this program is to address criminal violations that impact the quality of life of our neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Court utilizes restorative justice concepts which identify crime
as acts that cause harm done to people and communities.
Neighborhood Court emphasizes the offender repairing
that harm done to the individual and the community. Another goal of Neighborhood Court is
for all parties to understand the root cause of the crime so that the victim, community and offender can
move forward in a positive direction. Neighborhood Court strengthens neighborhoods impacted by criminal activity in four ways:
Neighborhood Court is victim centered by placing emphasis on the victim’s needs. It is focused on
offenders making things right to the greatest
extent possible with their victims. Offenders pay restitution to victims who have suffered monetary losses or property damage.
The Neighborhood Court creates an atmosphere of inclusion and responsibility by providing a direct role for residents to oversee the resolution of offenses in their city. When appropriate the offender will complete community service that goes directly to improving conditions in the area impacted by the crime.
Neighborhood Court offers offenders a second chance by avoiding a criminal conviction on their record upon successful completion of the program. Offenders are also restored by helping them understand the consequence of their actions and by giving them the opportunity to pay back the community they harmed through community service.
Neighborhood Court educates offenders by helping them understand why they committed the offense which led to their current situation. Offenders can be educated in alcohol use, anger management, and how to be considerate
to their community, as well as other topics designed to change or modify their behavior.
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Description of Panelist's Duties and
Frequently Asked Questions
Participant Legal Rights
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