The Power Of A Society 's Justice System

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Deliberated by the lofty in robes, decreed by the gavel, its effects felt by the masses, society left to unravel—justice. The concept of justice, although abstract, is personal to the individual since it molds their social context, dictating the terms of routine conduct: the acceptable and the punishable. However, the power of a society’s justice system goes beyond codified law into the ideological and social. The supreme law of the United States of America may be codified within its Constitution, but its strength derives from the process of internalizing and reflecting its values. Values embedded within the Constitution, like freedom and equality, are perpetuated through institutions which then surpass paper and imprint onto the hearts and minds of the people, creating a shared understanding of social mores. In the American context, the Supreme Court serves as the leading government institution of the judicial branch as it strikes down or upholds laws in connection with its interpretation of the Constitution, dictating the wrong and right. Its rulings are closely watched by spectators in the global arena of politics to either follow or avoid, therefore, also affecting the nation’s international standing. Society’s shared understanding of values and its behaviors influenced by the Supreme Court’s rulings, while simultaneously, influencing international interpretations of justice, are exposed through the analysis of ideological and behavioral codes. Key to the
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