The actors in the courtroom arena coexist uneasily. They are ultimately coerced to conform to the procedures and views of the judiciary. The officials of the judiciary, in general, neither accept nor acknowledge what is the aqua vita of both everyday life and the anthropological universe; namely an awareness of the importance of grasping the contextual complexity as it arises out of alternative cultural and historical trajectories of social action. The litigants and their arbitrator, the judge, play by a set of rules central to the organization of the nation-state – rules often little understood by other actors in the courtroom field of action.

Richard Daly, Our Box Was Full, pp. 5-6.