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This article examines reasons for the development of informal dispute resolution mechanisms, various models of informal justice, and contradictions inherent in the progressive promises of the experiment. Models of informal justice include the juvenile justice system, Danzig's concept of community dispute resolution centers, Fisher's concept of the community court, and Sander's model of neighborhood justice centers. Critiques of the informal justice experiment are provided.