On buildings Justitia is dressed in flowing robes—for that judicial look. She is neither young nor old but looks every bit the stern warrior-type.
Scales of Justice
The scales of justice are the most important symbol that Justitia is shown with. This signifies that there should be a weighing of two sides in every dispute. That would most certainly call for impartial deliberation on the part of judges and juries. And finally, it depicts a fair balance between the interests of one individual and those of another.
For just purposes, she is always depicted wearing a blindfold—meaning justice should be blind to another person’s look or status. In earlier reproductions of her as a goddess she does not wear a blindfold because as an oracle and able to foretell the future, covering her eyes would be pointless.
Torch or Fasces
Sometimes she is shown holding the fasces—a symbol of judicial authority like a bundle of rods containing a blade or axe—and a flame or torch in her opposing hand that represents truth. Lady Liberty may also have been fashioned after her image.
There may also be a scroll within her reach as that would symbolize the passing of time and how life unfolds, along with education being a main objective of a responsible citizen and, thus, society in general. One interesting sidebar: There is a precept of law that says, “Ignorance of the law is not a defense."
Her sword of justice tells us that justice should be swift, hold power over us, and have might. The sword is typically double-sided with one side tilted toward Reason and the other toward Justice and can be dispensed either way depending on “for" or “against." It also reminds us that justice has as a mighty component, the power over life and death.