Source: (1995) Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 488p.

An anthology presents studies of an experiment in popular justice, the San Francisco (CA) Community Boards (SFCB). Part I examines the conditions under which popular justice flourishes or dies, how community mediation has adapted to state law; and various approaches to evaluation and assessment of community mediation. Part II explores SFCB program operations; internal governance; the vision of justice; the ideologies of several mediation programs; case processing highlights; and interpersonal disputes referred to SFCB. Part III compares mediation practices in Mennonite communities with SFCB procedures; analyzes the multiple meanings of the term community; considers mediation as a form of community organizing; considers how alternative dispute resolution suppress conflict; and discusses the similarities between state law and popular justice.