What does the blindfold, scale and sword mean in the symbol of justice ?


Lady Justice is often depicted wearing a blindfold. This is done in order to indicate that justice is (or should be) meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of the identity, power, or weakness of the individuals brought before the bar. Due to the fact that blindfolds were commonly worn by the blind, some assume Lady Justice herself is blind. This belief is likely what led to the phrase, "Justice is blind".

Justice is most often depicted with a set of weighing scales typically suspended from her left hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case's support and opposition. She is also often seen carrying a double edged sword in her right hand which divides with the power of Reason and Justice in either direction simultaneously.
blindfold - everyone is equal before the law, no favorites.
scale - weigh all the evidence before making a decision.
sword - cut your nuts off once we find you guilty!
Well, Slappy's Evil Twin is mostly right on the symbolism. Justice is supposed to be blind to your skin color, gender, status, etc., hence the blindfold. The scale symbolizes weighing the evidence but it also symbolizes a balanced and just outcome. The sword is the sword of swift and righteos retribution.
Blindfold - Impartiality, Freedom from corruption of the senses
Scales - Each side is to be carefully examined
Sword - Power of law.

Thats the simplest explanation, anyway. I'm almost sure you could find in-depth studies on the meanings of all of the above.

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