The ARD Program (Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition) is a pre-trial diversionary program administered by the District Attorney's Office. After the preliminary hearing is held or waived a defendant may file an application in the District Attorney's Office.
The filing deadline is within 30 days of the arraignment date set by the Magisterial District Judge (MDJ). Applications may be obtained at the MDJ Office or in the District Attorney's Office. An application may be filed with or without counsel. A listing of ineligible offenses and the point system used to determine ineligibility is listed below.
Applications accepted by the District Attorney will be notified of a Placement Hearing before a Common Pleas Judge. If rejected for ARD the case will be scheduled for trial."
With the exception of private bad check complaints, the District Attorney's office must approve all Private Complaints involving either a misdemeanor or felony. A private complaint is one brought by a citizen either without police involvement or where the police declined to get involved. Private Summary citations (minor offenses such as harassment) which are not accepted by a Magisterial District Justice also require approval by the District Attorney.
It is the responsibility of the Victim/Witness Unit to ensure that victims are provided the rights as defined under the Prosecutor's Responsibilities of the Crime Victims Bill of Rights (Act 111 of 1998).
Jail Release Notification (SAVIN)
The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System (SAVIN) is available to anyone who wants to know when an inmate is released from a county or state prison. Registrations are anonymous and can be done on line or by phone. The web site to register is www.vinelink.com or toll free at 1-866-847-1298. If you have any questions or need assistance to register, please call our office at 717-771-9956.