Clients are rightfully concerned that they receive justice when they are involved in a dispute. Since we are in the justice system (whether civil or criminal) it only seems appropriate that a person would want justice done in their case. But, sometimes I find that when we look at what justice means, the client is seeking more than justice.

There is an important difference that needs to be examined. From a Biblical perspective we know that there are three concepts involved in dispute resolution. Here are the important definitions: “Justice” is getting what you deserve. “Mercy” is NOT getting what you deserve. “Grace” is getting what you DON’T deserve.

So I have to ask the client whether you really want justice, or do you want mercy and grace. Often he real answer is that we want mercy.

Now, what about the adverse party (your opponent)? What do you want for that person? Should they receive justice? Do you care? These are important issues to talk about with your lawyer when you are involved in a dispute or law suit. In a criminal case the opponent is the government, so we have to ask what the accused person wants from the court. The answer is seldom a request for merely justice.
Most of us want justice tempered by mercy.

So, be careful of what you ask from from the justice system. It is important to understand the
concepts before you say you “just want justice.”

 


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07/18/2013 2:40am

I agree it is very important to be careful of what you ask from from the justice system. It is important to understand the concepts before you want justice.

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09/17/2013 6:01am

I was unaware of the information which you have shared regarding Justice. Great details shared indeed.

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