Victims, Citizens and the Potential for Justice
Chapter 9: After the democratic turn
Seeing through the eyes of citizen-victims revealed justice as a means of critical evaluation, a standard of assessment, an inclusive structure, as a communal construct, and as an improbable horizon. The concluding chapter summarizes the core findings of the Justice Study and the implications of amplifying voices ‘from below’. It argues for the capacity and the right of the citizen to speak frankly and with dignity to justice decision-makers, and acceptance that no one is all good or always innocent. The obligation on justice institutions to ensure conditions for the active participation of citizens in matters in which they have a direct stake are stressed not only because they should and must check their own power, but because prioritizing inclusion is a fundamental ideal of democratic citizenship and decision-making in a democratic society. Implications for theory, law and practice are outlined.
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