Source: (2002) A talk given to the Oxford Diocesan Confention on 12 July. University of Oxford Centre for Criminological Research and Probation Unit. Downloaded 15 April 2003.In this talk before the Oxford Diocesan Convention, David Faulkner discusses conflict in which a person gets into trouble with the law. Specifically, he reflects on what turns a conflict from something that can be dealt with in personal and informal ways to something that must be dealt with by state intervention as a matter of criminal law and criminal justice. His argument is that the apparatus of the state is good at bringing people to justice for serious crimes, but it is not very good at dealing with offenses that are more a nuisance than a threat to society.