diversion n: the act or an instance of diverting: as
a : an unauthorized rerouting or appropriation [ of funds]
b : suspension of the prosecution of a charge for a period of time during which the defendant participates in a rehabilitation program or makes restitution and after which the charges are dismissed if the rehabilitation or restitution is completed compare probation
di··ver·sion·ary [-vər-zhə-ner-ē, -shə-]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.