Musings of Justice with a little help from George Washington

Impressed with a conviction that the due administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good Government,

I have considered the first arrangement of the Judicial department as essential to the happiness of our

Country, and to the stability of its political system; hence the selection of the fittest characters to expound

the law, and dispense justice, has been an invariable object of my anxious concern.

~ George Washington,in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Edmund Randolph (1789)

On the first day of March 2009, it seemed only fitting to reach back to our first President, George Washington. When I saw this quote, it reached out to me.

How fitting it is to see that early government was concerned with administration of JUSTICE within the judicial department; and how comforting that the Access to Justice Commission was established by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

-RFW

Paraskavedekatriaphobia Feb. ’09: Quote of the Day

Paraskavedekatriaphobia Feb. ’09: Quote of the Day

When one undertakes to administer justice,

it must be with an even hand, and by rule;

what is done for one, must be done for

everyone in equal degree.

Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 1803. ME 10:420

Why this quote? Why the title? Not sure, but maybe it was that Thomas Jefferson was a prolific writer. And he deserved a long word in the title. Jefferson is the author of many quotes about justice, fairness, equality and other democratic principles.

Plus it’s a good quote without an endnote or footnote that this applies to all “except those unable to afford it.”

Not bad for something written over 200 years ago.

Hope you have an uneventful Friday the 13th.

-RFW

South Carolina Access to Justice Commission’s blog

Welcome to the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission’s weblog.

Here you will find information about work of the Commission as well as concepts from around the state and the nation.

The Commission is interested in ways to improve access to legal services and legal representation to South Carolinians with low income or of modest means. We are especially interested in innovative and low cost alternatives.

And we want to hear from you!