As we were reading various things on the Ministry of Justice’s website this morning, we looked up to the top of the page and noticed that on one particular press release (on new measures to enforce the repayment of legal aid by people who have been convicted of crimes) a photo of Lady Justice, brandishing sword and scales in hand was staring down at us, from a great height. And it got us thinking.
Our first thought was, that it was interesting that in such a male-dominated industry (which has been so in England almost since its inception and often with a very poor view of the part women could play in it, other than finding themselves at the sharp end of the law), the symbol of justice should be depicted as female. This dates back to Roman, Greek and Egyptian mythology, but the very existence of Lady Justice is fascinating, not just because she is female but also because she has been given some distinctive accessories to hold: a sword and a set of scales.
And this made us wonder whether, in the twenty-first century, Lady Justice is good as she is. Are we still right to place tools for weighing and weapons for warring in her hands?
If you could modernise Lady Justice, how would you do it, or do you think she is fine just as she is?
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