What does ‘justice’ mean to us?
The word ‘justice’ is more than just a word. Here at the Law Offices of John M. Phillips, we have considered the definition of ‘justice’ and strive to uphold its true meaning. So what exactly is justice? What does justice mean? Justice has only one spelling, but it is defined in a million different ways. Like a fingerprint, true justice is different to each person and unique to each scenario.
The history behind the word Justice.
To truly understand what the word ‘justice’ means, it must first be determined how the word came to be. The word ‘justice’ comes from the Old French word ‘justitia,’ which descended from Latin to mean “righteousness and equity.” The use of the word in human language can be dated back as far as 1140 AD.
Words synonymous with “justice” inundate the Old Testament and equate to concepts of personal holiness or moral uprightness. They are also used as a reference to honest scales, weights and measures, judging in legal disputes, fairness, legal rights, personal integrity, and honesty. In the New Testament it is most used to refer to personal holiness, moral uprightness and the judicial nature of a judge.
Around 300 BC Aristotle identified a universal justice that relates to all human beings when he stated, “(T)here seems to be a kind of justice that obtains for any human being in relation to anyone capable of sharing in law and taking part in agreement… to the extent that the other is a human being.” Aristotle wrote about justice as both a broad concept and as having a specific meaning to each person, though he didn’t use the word “justice” because it didn’t exist.
Many of my favorite speeches and quotes use the word to convey important messages:
- “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are,” – Benjamin Franklin
- “I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.” – Ghandi
- “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. -Abraham Lincoln, my favorite lawyer
The point here is that since the beginning of time humans have been searching for a way to define a system whereby we treat each other fairly and hold each other accountable for our actions, but at times our system of law still falls short.
Each day, my team and I will continue to work towards justice—generally, for us all, and specifically, for our clients. If injury or trouble finds you, please do not hesitate to call our offices at (904) 444 – 4444.
We are here to help you find justice.