Citizen Restorative Panel

The Orange County Court Diversion Panel consists of citizen volunteers from Orange County interested in participating in a community response to crime.  The process provides an opportunity for those accused of a crime to understand the impact their actions had on their victims and the community.  The Panel helps participants develop a plan designed to repair the harm done to the victim and the larger community, and address underlying factors in the individual’s life that contributed to the crime,

The Diversion Panel meets, as needed, in Chelsea and Bradford.

Diversion Panel Members: Jean-Miguel Bariteau, Phil Boudreau,  Jennifer Cummings, Rose Duffy, Rosalind Finn, Walter Fischer, Stephen Gale, Sanford, Johnson, Hildegard Jones, Paul Kendall, Luke Knapp, Janice Larabee, Mark Lembke, Abbe Meiling, Pat Mercier, Robert Nutting, Sue Perreault, Nancy Reid, Jay Spiegel, Kim Siner, Martin Smit, Carole Taylor, Jennifer Wade.

Trustees: Jennifer Cummings, Mark Lembke, Abbe Meiling, Sanford Johnson, Sue Perreault and Nancy Reid.



Volunteers are essential to the success of Court Diversion. They represent the face and voice of the community. Volunteers help offenders understand how the offender’s actions have affected other people in the community, even in so-called “victimless” crimes.

Training, provided by local programs and the association, prepares volunteers to follow a restorative justice approach and take on a meaningful role in this community-based justice program. Close to 400 Vermonters volunteer on Diversion boards!

The Orange County Court Diversion Program’s positions for Review Board Members is currently full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for a Review Board position, please return a completed application to our office.

Review Board Application