Source: (1992) Social & Legal Studies. 1; 199-215

Y ARGUMENT is that in the West popular justice, as it is currently understood, is impossible. To illustrate the argument I draw on the V1 experience of the Community Boards Program in San Francisco. This programme represents the most rigorous commitment to popular justice in the US and is immensely influential (Harrington and Merry, 1988: 918; Shonholtz, 1984: 17; Wahrhaftig, 1982: 88-90). As such, it provides a significant and strong claim to the possibility of popular justice, a claim against which to set my argument. (excerpt)