Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lady Justice

The time-honoured symbol of justice in the West is the Lady of Justice (adapted from Greek and Roman mythology) depicted as a blind-folded woman with a scale in one hand and a sword in the other. She was orignally derived from Themis, a titan goddess, known as the goddess of justice over mortals She was depicted as carrying scales in one hand, a sword over the other, her eyes covered; very simialr to modern interpretations of Lady Justice.
The blind fold symbolises her objectivity and un-biased opinion and judgement; she believes justice should be provided "without passion or prejudice": she considers only the facts, the scales represent equality, and the weighing of factors to render a decision: too much weight/evidence on one scale, shows the realtive innocence or guilt. The sword shows authority, power and the concept of the finality and rapidness of justice.

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