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The Importance of Justice in Society

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The Importance of Justice in Society

One component of the definition of justice is the final outcome of the process of the law, whereby justice is distributed by the State. According to this definition, justice is the mechanical process of the structure of law – set in place and agreed to by the people of the State. Another definition is concerned with the value inherent in ‘just’ behavior. One distinction between these two definitions is the difference between an individual viewpoint and the larger view of the society. Either view incorporates the concept of moral judgment; ‘good’ as opposed to ‘bad.’

Man has recognized the importance of justice in his society since the earliest of times. In order to serve justice, there has to be a law to settle differences among the people of the state. The history of law in relation to society reveals that humanity’s earliest efforts at lawmaking were prompted by the basic desire of self-preservation. Although engulfed by a society that necessitated such combinations as clans and tribes for protection, as well as for social and economic...


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...bligation. In that society, respect for law must be the cohesive force holding it together and not mere obedience based on surrender to the weapons of state power.

Bibliography:

Fuller, Lon L. The Law as Literature. Wofford Press, Toronto. 1978.

Swift, Jonatham. The Complete Works. Oxford Univesity Press, New York, 1987.

Smith, Alexander B. Crime and Justice in a Mass Society. Xerox College Publication,
Massachusetts, 1972.

Waldron, Ronald J. The Criminal Justice System: an introduction. Houghton Mifflin,
Boston, 1976.

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