In Lord of the Flies,  how does the conch represent justice?

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The conch shell really represents control and a governing hand.  However, it also represents justice because whoever holds the conch is to have the right to speak.  So this "justice" only lasts a few chapters.  After growing tired of all of the rules, Jack and his group don't care about following the conch any more.  They speak when they want to--and feel that only those who SHOULD speak will speak.  So at this point, justice is gone.  There is no equality and only a handful of boys are following the rules.