“If, in their daily life, people rehearse rituals of subordination, silencing, command, or retribution,they will enact these dramatic forms in judicial settings.  If they rehearse dramas of participation, of conversational inquiry, and negotiation, then they will seek to bring these into the formal process of justice-seeking.  A ritual perspective thus requires that we take account of the interplay between the formal processes of justice-seeking and the environing culture and community in which they take place.  Any effort to change the rituals of justice requires attention to the wider rituals of the culture in which they take place.

                                                                                     –William Johnson Everett