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The changing face of justice – The Guardian

“The visual vocabulary of courts – rooted in Babylonian, Egyptian, Classical, and Renaissance iconography – provides a transnational symbol of government, and courts have become obligatory facets of good governance. Consider the image of two women: one with scales, sword and blindfold; the other, Prudence, regarding herself in a mirror. Justice was once regularly shown with Prudence as well as Fortitude and Temperance, the four cardinal virtues. We know this imagery of justice because we have been taught it. Rulers regularly link themselves to the virtue Justice as they seek legitimacy for the laws that they make and enforce.”

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The Guardian, 24th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Representing justice

My legal hero: Dr Ivy Williams – The Guardian

“Dr Ivy Williams was a true pioneer – the first woman to be called to the bar and the first to teach law at an English university.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The legal threat to our spiritual tradition – Daily Telegraph

“The McFarlane judgment raises fundamental questions about church and state, says Michael Nazir-Ali.”

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Daily Telegraph, 30th April 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Campaigners petition MPs to clear executed admiral – The Guardian

“The moment that guaranteed Admiral Byng’s immortality was, sadly, his last. In March 1757 the unfortunate sailor was found guilty of neglect of duty by a court martial, hauled onto the quarter-deck of his flagship and shot dead by a firing squad.”

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The Guardian, 13th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Digitizing the Hanging Court – Smithsonian.com

“Cutpurses! Blackguards! Fallen women! The Proceedings of the Old Bailey is an epic chronicle of crime and vice in early London. Now anyone with a computer can search all 52 million words.”

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Smithsonian.com, April 2007

Source: www.smithsonianmagazine.com

Related link: Proceedings of the Old Bailey  


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