CITES BY TOPIC:  justice

Requirement for Consent, Form #05.003, Section 3: Meaning of Justice (OFFSITE LINK) - Best definition of all. Please read. Sovereignty Education and Defense Ministry


Thomas Jefferson on Politics and Government, Section 30: The Justice System


What is "Social Justice"? (OFFSITE LINK) - Prager University. "Social Justice" is the OPPOSITE of "justice" from a legal perspective.


Michael Sandel Course on Justice, Harvard University


John Stossel- Leave Us Alone


Generous Justice-Pastor Tim Keller


Doing Justice and Mercy-Pastor Tim Keller


God does not owe you ANYTHING-Pastor John Weaver


Leave Us the Heck Alone! Govt. Should Stop Ruling Our Lives-PJTV


Socialism: The New American Civil Religion, Form #05.016, Section 11.1.1: "Social Justice" as the justification for the transformation(OFFSITE LINK) - SEDM


Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, p. 864:

Justice, n.  Title given to judges, particularly judges of U.S. and state supreme courts, and as well to judges of appellate courts.  The U.S. Supreme Court, and most state supreme courts are composed of a chief justice and several associate justices.

Proper administration of laws.  In jurisprudence, the constant and perpetual disposition of legal matters or disputes to render every man his due.

Commutative justice concerns obligations as between persons (e.g., in exchange of goods) and requires proportionate equality in dealings of person to person; Distributive justice concerns obligations of the community to the individual, and requires fair disbursement of common advantages and sharing of common burdens; Social justice concerns obligations of individual to community and its end is the common good.

In Feudal law, jurisdiction; judicial cognizance of causes or offenses.  High justice was the jurisdiction or right of trying crimes of every kind, even the highest.  This was a privilege claimed and exercised by the great lords or barons of the middle ages.  Law justice was jurisdiction of petty offenses. 

See also Miscarriage of justice; Obstructing justice.

[Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, p. 864]


The Law, Frederic Bastiat

Justice Means Equal Rights

Law is justice. And it would indeed be strange if law could properly be anything else! Is not justice right? Are not rights equal? By what right does the law force me to conform to the social plans of Mr. Mimerel, Mr. de Melun, Mr. Thiers, or Mr. Louis Blanc? If the law has a moral right to do this, why does it not, then, force these gentlemen to submit to my plans? Is it logical to suppose that nature has not given me sufficient imagination to dream up a utopia also? Should the law choose one fantasy among many, and put the organized force of government at its service only?

Law is justice. And let it not be said - as it continually is said - that under this concept, the law would be atheistic, individualistic, and heartless; that it would make mankind in its own image. This is an absurd conclusion, worthy only of those worshippers of government who believe that the law is mankind.

Nonsense! Do those worshippers of government believe that free persons will cease to act? Does it follow that if we receive no energy from the law, we shall receive no energy at all? Does it follow that if the law is restricted to the function of protecting the free use of our faculties, we will be unable to use our faculties? Suppose that the law does not force us to follow certain forms of religion, or systems of association, or methods of education, or regulations of labor, or regulations of trade, or plans for charity; does it then follow that we shall eagerly plunge into atheism, hermitary, ignorance, misery, and greed? If we are free, does it follow that we shall no longer recognize the power and goodness of God? Does it follow that we shall then cease to associate with each other, to help each other, to love and succor our unfortunate brothers, to study the secrets of nature, and to strive to improve ourselves to the best of our abilities?

[The Law, Frederic Bastiat]


Readings on the History and System of Common Law, Second Edition, 1925, Roscoe Pound

The object of Law is the administration of justice. Law is a body of rule for the systematic and regular public administration of justice. Hence we may ask, at the outset, what is justice?

INSTITUTES OF JUSTINIAN, I, I, sees. 1, 3.

Justice is the set and constant purpose which gives to every man his due. The precepts of law are these: to live honorably, to injure no one, and to" give every man his due.

[Readings on the History and System of Common Law, Second Edition, 1925, Roscoe Pound, p. 1]


PAULSEN, ETHICS (Thilly's translation), chap. 9.

Justice, as a moral habit, is that tendency of the will and mode of conduct which refrains from disturbing the lives and interests of others, and, as far as possible, hinders such interference on the part of others. This virtue springs from the individual's respect for his fellows as ends in themselves and as his co equals. The different spheres of interests may be roughly classified as follows: body and life; the family, or the extended individual life; property, or the totality of the instruments of action; honor, or the ideal existence; and finally freedom, or the possibility of fashioning one's life as an end in itself. The law defends these different spheres, thus giving rise to a corresponding number of spheres of rights, each being protected by a prohibition. . . . To violate the rights, to interfere with the interests of others, is injustice. All injustice is ultimately directed against the life of the neighbor; it is an open avowal that the latter is not an end in itself, having the same value as the individual's own life. The general formula of the duty of justice may therefore be stated as follows: Do no wrong yourself, and permit no wrong to be done, so far as lies in your power; or, expressed positively: Respect and protect the right.

[Readings on the History and System of Common Law, Second Edition, 1925, Roscoe Pound, p. 2]


Justice Defined-Politics page


Bouvier's Law Dictionary (1856)

JUSTICE - The constant and perpetual disposition to render every man his due. Justinian, Inst. b. 1, tit. 1; Co. 2d Inst. 56.


Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1996

Justiceis rendering to every one [equally, whether citizen or alien] that which is his due. It has been distinguished from equity in this respect, that while justice means merely the doing [of] what positive law demands, equity means the doing of what is fair and right in every separate case. [1]

[Easton’s Bible Dictionary, 1996]


James Madison, The Federalist No. 51 (1788)

"Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been, and ever will be pursued, until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit." 

[The Federalist No. 51 (1788), James Madison]


Psalm 37:28, Bible, NKJV

"For the LORD loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off."

[Psalm 37:28, Bible, NKJV]


Psalm 37:30-31, Bible, NKJV

The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom,
And his tongue talks of justice.
The law of his God is in his heart;
None of his steps shall slide.

[Psalm 37:30-31, Bible, NKJV]


Psalm 89:14, Bible, NKJV

"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your [God's] throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face."

[Psalm 89:14, Bible, NKJV]


Psalm 33:5, Bible, NKJV

"He [God] loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. " [Psalm 33:5, Bible, NKJV]


Psalm 106:3, Bible, NKJV

"Blessed are those who keep justice,
And he who does righteousness at all times! "

[Psalm 106:3, Bible, NKJV]


Prov. 16:8, Bible, NKJV

"Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. " 

[Prov. 16:8, Bible, NKJV]


Prov. 17:23, Bible, NKJV

"A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back to pervert the ways of justice. "

[Prov. 17:23, Bible, NKJV]


Prov. 29:4, Bible, NKJV

"The king establishes the land by justice, But he who receives bribes overthrows it. "

[Prov. 29:4, Bible, NKJV]


Isaiah 1:7, Bible, NKJV

"Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow."

[Isaiah 1:7, Bible, NKJV]


Gerry Spence "With Justice For None" p.124

"The best antidote for crime is justice. The irony we often fail to appreciate is that the more justice people enjoy, the fewer crimes they commit. Crime is the natural offspring of an unjust society."

[Gerry Spence "With Justice For None" p.124] 


George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, (1776)

"That no free Government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice..." 

[George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, (1776)]


Magna Carta, ch. 40 (1215)

"To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay right or justice."

[Magna Carta, ch. 40 (1215)]