The Neighborhood Court Program is a Restorative Justice Program initiated by the Solano County District Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the Vacaville Police Department and City of Vacaville that is designed to address low level crimes (misdemeanors and infractions) through community-based solutions to swiftly address the harm caused by the offense, while resolving the case outside of the criminal justice system. The program focuses on the harm done to not only an individual but to the community as a whole and focuses on restoring all of the stakeholders who are impacted.
Typically, the offenses are petty theft, disorderly conduct, vandalism, assault/battery, alcohol control violations, and other quality of life crimes. Neighborhood Court is a partnership with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, volunteers from the community, the Vacaville Police Department, the Center for Intervention (CFI), and community groups.
Residents are trained to serve as Panelists and develop community-based solutions to redress the harm caused by these offenses. Pursuant to Penal Code §14150 – 14156, the District Attorney’s Office empowers Panelists with the authority and responsibility to adjudicate certain infraction/misdemeanor offenses, and it empowers Facilitators with the authority to facilitate the restorative justice process. If you are interested in becoming either a facilitator or a panelist, please fill out the appropriate application below, print out and submit to:
Solano County District Attorney’s Office Vacaville Police Department
ATTN: Neighborhood Court ATTN: Neighborhood Court
675 Texas St., Ste. 4500 -OR- 660 Merchant St.
Fairfield, CA 94533 Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 784-6800 (707) 449-5200
Additional questions can be directed to Detective Michael Brennan with the Community Response Unit via telephone at (707) 469-4736 or email: Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy Yolo County District Attorney's Office.