The Direct Accountability Program s is an alternative to prosecution for eligible individuals charged with minor criminal offences. The program operates in co-operation with the local County Crown’s Office. Males and females eighteen years of age and over who have been charged with a minor criminal offence(s) and would otherwise have to go through the court process are referred to the Program. Clients referred to the Program are assessed as to their risk and to the offence which they have been referred for. Participants must be willing to assume responsibility for their actions and be prepared to make amends through the completion of an assigned sanction. Clients can be directed to complete community service, pay restitution, repair damage to property, make a charitable donation or be referred to a program (such as Drug & Alcohol Awareness) to address criminogenic factors. Clients who complete the program avoid a conviction for the offence(s). Clients who fail to complete the program are referred back to the Crown for prosecution. Courts covered: St. Thomas Stratford, Listowel, Wingham, Goderich, Exeter, and Chatham.


Stop Shop Theft is part of the Direct Accountability Program. Males or females eighteen years of age and over who have been charged with a minor theft-related offence are eligible. The purpose of the program is to provide an overview of the costs of shop theft, both personal and community costs. Suggestions for changing behaviour and developing an awareness of why an individual steals are encouraged. It is one of the sanctions available within DAP, and may be used alone or in conjunction with another sanction.

Direct Accountability Programs – Chatham – Brochure PDF



Susan Laushway, B.A., M.C.A.
Community Justice Worker