THE FIGURE OF JUSTICE

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A statue of the blindfolded lady justice in front of the United States Supreme Court building as the sun rises in the distance symbolizing the dawning of a new era.

Justice is the philosophical idea that people are to be treated equally, fairly, properly and reasonably by the law. In the early years justice was a principle that people should receive that which they deserve, this varied from culture to culture. With the long and short, justice is the action of doing that which is right by ensuring everyone is treated with dignity and with all fairness and equality.

Just like most aspects of life that are represented by symbols, justice is represented by a symbol of a blindfolded woman carrying a sword and a set of scales.

The lady portrayed as the Symbol of Justice, was a Greek goddess known as Themis or Justitia. Justitia was a goddess of wisdom and good counsel and the interpreter of god’s will. She was worshiped as a goddess in Athens and was honored for representing the virtue of justice.

The lady Justice is blindfolded to symbolize that justice should be rendered without passion or prejudice to ensure a result which is fair. An example would be a court of law that commences a trial of a dispute with no prior knowledge of it and incomplete impartiality. Thus, the blindfold over Lady Justice’s eyes.

The woman also holds scales, to represent the impartiality of the Court’s decision. The court does not take any of the sides of the parties involved in an argument. Therefore, for justice to prevail the evidence of the issue between the conflicting persons has to be weighed and considered before issuing a ruling. These scales symbolize the balance between truth and fairness sought after in the justice system.

Lady Justice also holds a sword that symbolizes enforcement and respect. It signifies the Supremeness of the Judiciary. This means that justice stands by its decision and ruling. The sword is very visible as a sign that justice is transparent.

Just like the Lady Justice Justitia, practice the virtue of Justice, with its absence, we cannot have a peaceful society and true peace is not the absence of tension or war, it is the presence of justice.

 

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