Shadow Justice: The Ideology and Institutionalization of Alternatives to Court

Shadow Justice: The Ideology and Institutionalization of Alternatives to Court

Shadow Justice: The Ideology and Institutionalization of Alternatives to Court

Shadow Justice: The Ideology and Institutionalization of Alternatives to Court

Synopsis

This first critical examination of informal dispute processing links the institutionalization of alternatives to the court process and the ideology of informalism with the evolution of the American court system. The author connects dispute processing reform to the broader social and political context in which it developed, including the rise of judicial management in the Progressive period and the reconstruction of court unification in the 1970s. Harrington defines legal resources and their distribution in alternative dispute resolution policy before focusing on the institutionalization of this reform in a case study of a federally sponsored Neighborhood Justice Center. In conclusion, Harrington finds that the symbols of informalism and its institutions are a mere shadow of conventional legal practices.

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