Lady Justice, a blindfolded lady holding a sword and a set of scales, is a prominent emblem on American courthouses and in certain courtrooms. She represents the administration of the law in a fair and equitable manner, free of corruption, favor, avarice, or prejudice.
- Scales: The scales reflect the weighing of evidence, which she uses to determine the strength of a case’s support and opposition.
- The blindfold represents objectivity and impartiality, implying that justice should be administered without regard for money, riches, or power.
- Sword: This symbol represents punishment, implying that justice may be quick and final.
- Toga: This Greco-Roman robe represents the philosophical attitude that epitomizes justice.
- The snake beneath her feet denotes evil and deception.
- The book is the rule of law, the constitution upon which justice is based.