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“Formalized ‘Informal’ Justice: A Critical Perspective on Mediation Centres.”

Tomasic, R
June 4, 2015

Source: (1982) In: Community Justice Centres: Proceedings. Pyrmont, AUS: Sydney University Law School Institute of Criminology, New South Wales Government Printing Office, 14p.

This essay raises concerns that the Community justice centers in New South Wales AUS will fail to bring meaningful judicial reform. It is argued that they will tend to be more coercive than envisioned, will handle cases of persons who cannot gain access to the courts, and will lack the authority of resolution possible in the courts. There is a danger that the centers will constitute second-class justice for disputes among the poor while the courts continue unreformed and inaccessible to those who most need the authority of the court to relieve their distress.


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