What is justice?

  • (noun): The United States federal department responsible for enforcing federal laws (including the enforcement of all civil rights legislation); created in 1870.
    Synonyms: Department of Justice, Justice Department, DoJ
    See also — Additional definitions below

Justice

Justice is a concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion or equity. It is also the act of being just and/or fair.

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Some articles on justice:

Wesberry V. Sanders - Decision
... Writing for the Court majority in Wesberry, Justice Black argued that a reading of the debates of the Constitutional Convention demonstrated conclusively that the Framers had meant, in using the phrase “by the ... Writing in dissent, Justice Harlan argued that the statements cited by Justice Black had uniformly been in the context of the Great Compromise ... Justice Harlan further argued that the Convention debates were clear to the effect that Article I, § 4, had vested exclusive control over state districting ...
Restorative Justice
... Restorative justice (also sometimes called reparative justice) is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community ... Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs ... It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the state ...
Restorative Justice and Other Social Movements - Prison Abolition
... a view of crime that is distinct from that of retributive justice, restorative justice complements this objectives of abolition ... In an abolitionist style of restorative justice, participation is voluntary and not limited by the requirements of organizations or professionals, the process includes all relevant ...
Restorative Justice - Mass Media
... social climate for the growth of restorative justice in the public domain ... public acceptance of the ideas of restorative justice, especially through mass media ... general public would be open to the idea of alternative forms of justice only after the idea has been explicitly explained to them ...
Justice, Oklahoma - Demographics
... There were 460 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.7% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.9% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older ...

More definitions of "justice":

  • (noun): A public official authorized to decide questions bought before a court of justice.
    Synonyms: judge, jurist, magistrate
  • (noun): The administration of law; the act of determining rights and assigning rewards or punishments.
    Example: "Justice deferred is justice denied"
    Synonyms: judicature
  • (noun): The quality of being just or fair.
    Synonyms: justness

Famous quotes containing the word justice:

    ‘Alas!’ quoth he, ‘but newly born in fiery heats I fry,
    Yet none approach to warm their hearts or feel my fire but I.
    My faultless breast the furnace is, the fuel wounding thorns;
    Love is the fire, and sighs the smoke, the ashes shame and scorns;
    The fuel justice layeth on, and mercy blows the coals;
    The metal in this furnace wrought are men’s defiled souls;
    Robert Southwell (1561?–1595)

    So the people will pay the penalty for their kings’ presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.)

    Take but degree away, untune that string,
    And hark what discord follows!
    ...
    Force should be right, or, rather, right and wrong—
    Between whose endless jar justice resides—
    Should lose their names, and so should justice too.
    Then everything includes itself in power,
    Power into will, will into appetite;
    And appetite, an universal wolf,
    So doubly seconded with will and power,
    Must make perforce an universal prey,
    And last eat up himself.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)