Posted by David FG on May 22, 2005
In Reply to: Justice is blind posted by Victoria S Dennis on May 22, 2005
: : : : What's the origin or meaning behind "justice is blind, not deaf"?
: : : : The traditional visual symbol of "Justice" is a blindfolded woman holding scales and a sword. The scales are for weighing right and wrong; the sword is to punish the guilty; the blindfold is to show that she is impartial (i.e. that she does not treat friends differently from strangers, or high-ranking people better than humble ones, because she does not "see" them). But she is not deaf, because she listens to all the evidence put before her.
: : That is an 'old wive's tale.' Justice is NOT blindfold.
: : DFG
: : In what sense not blindfold, DFG? There are innumerable images of Justice across the Western world where she is depicted blindfold. I agree that she is not invariably so (whereas she always has the sword and scales) and it is possibly a more recent development of her image. But it certainly exists.
I have to confess that I was thinking of the most famous example (?) which is the one on the top of the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) which is not blindfold.
I apologise for not taking into account other examples.