What Is Justice?

Justice. You cannot hold it in your hand. And, traditional symbolism notwithstanding, you cannot weigh it on a scale. But you and I know justice, if you will forgive me, when we see it. We can sense it when we enter a clean courthouse. We can hear it when we ask at a counter for help. We can see it when a door swings inward to accommodate a wheelchair. We can see it when every person who enters a courthouse is treated with dignity and respect.

Justice may not be tangible, but it is real. It is built little by little, piece by piece, detail by detail, each part affecting the whole.

Margaret Hillary Marshall, b.1944 United States Chief Justice Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, from 1999-2010