John Howard Society of York Region

The Direct Accountability Program

The Direct Accountability Program is an alternative to prosecution for adults 18 years and older who have been charged with minor criminal offences. The program involves accused persons being held accountable through relevant and meaningful community-based sanctions.

Eligibility for the program is determined by the Crown Attorney’s office. Sanctions are determined either by a senior Crown Attorney or the Community Justice Worker.

Sanctions available through the Direct Accountability Program include restitution, a letter of apology, volunteer work, a charitable donation, attending a program or presentation and/or entering into a Peace Bond.

Program options are currently provided by the Family Services of York Region and include a Shoplifting Prevention Program, Anger Management, and an Alcohol & Drug Education Workshop.

By successfully completing the sanction imposed, individuals are held accountable for their behaviour and have the charge(s) withdrawn by the courts.

Participation in the program is voluntary. Individuals who are not accepted into the program or who do not successfully complete the program will be returned to the formal court process.

For more information on this program, please contact our Community Justice workers:


Nikki Hanson
Newmarket Court
50 Eagle St. W., Newmarket, ON
L3V 6B1

t: 905-895-2950
f: 905-895-9311


Tricia Samaroo
Bradford Court
57 Holland St. E., Bradford, ON
L3Z 1H8

t: 905-806-3367


This program is funded by the Government of Ontario