Source: (1984) Mediation Quarterly 5: 3-30.

The development of The Community Boards Program, the Nation's first neighborhood-based justice system, is discussed, and the goals, values, and ethics involved in developing neighborhood self-governance of disputes are described. Myths that purport to explain why the justice system is not working are debunked, and impacts on the community of a dysfunctional justice system are addressed. State-sponsored and State-encouraged alternative justice mechanisms, including agency mediation programs and The Polish Social Conciliatory Commissions, are examined, and the community board model is presented. A guide to the work, structure, and ethical considerations of a community conflict resolution system is presented.