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What is the meaning of the scales of justice?

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The scales of justice is a symbol used in many Western presentations of modern law. They symbolize the idea of the fair distribution of law, with no influence of bias, privilege or corruption.

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The scales are held usually by Lady Justice, also known as the Lady of Justice, a very common figure in Western modern law. She is sometimes depicted with a blindfold, and most times in flowing robes holding a sword along with her scale.

There are many possible origins behind Lady Justice, according to commonlaw.com, a law reference website. Many goddesses and deities that represent justice have been depicted with a sword or a scale.

A Greek goddess named Themis, was said to have advised Zeus and carried a scale and sword whilst blindfolded. European presentations of Lady Justice commonly show her blindfolded while other Western presentations do not.

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