28 June 2009
Justitia -- Lady Justice
Justitia or Lady Justice (photo from here) as she is sometimes called represents the power of the courts (through her sword), the need to balance competing interests (scales), and the equality of law (through her blindfold). Lady Justice has not always worn a blindfold.
However, despite the ideals that Justitia aspires to, it is interesting to contrast this with the writings of Anacharsis (Scythian - Ancient Iranian) in the 6th Century BC, who wrote:
Written laws are like spider's webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and the poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.
(Plutarch Parallel Lives 'Solon' bk. 5, sect. 2. Cf. 319:19)
The interesting issue for me relates to my previous post on Prita Mulyasari and whether justice is really blind to those events that unfold around it?
Maybe it is time for me to get back into the practice of law...