Justice is Blind

Meaning

What does Justice is Blind mean?

Justice is Blind refers to a widely recognized and used idiomatic phrase, a metaphor for the nonbiased mechanism of the judicial system.

The attributes of the Roman goddess of Justice, Justitia include the scales as well as the blindfold, with which she is frequently depicted in the vicinity of courthouses and other judicial institutions.

Origin

What's the origin of Justice is Blind?

Justitia, who served as the base for Lady Justice was a deity introduced to the Romans by Emperor Augustus.

She began appearing on paintings and sculptures with a blindfold during the Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries, for conveying the message clearly: “Justice is Blind”.

The phrase itself was first featured in the comedy of Ben Jonson, which was first performed in 1633.

Spread & Usage

How did Justice is Blind spread?

The phrase gained larger popularity in the subsequent centuries, turning in to widespread idiom, appearing in the whole of European culture, by the 1800’s.

As of today, “Justice is Blind” is an expression recognized worldwide, if one says “Justice” then the image of a blindfolded Justitia emerges in our minds, along with the line Flat is Justice.

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