A Pause to Reflect on the Rule of Law

I was reminded of this the other day when I listened to a CBC interview of a Bosnian mother and widow. Her husband and two sons had been murdered in the Bosnian conflict and certain suspects were facing charges. She was asked if she sought revenge and she demurred, saying in her broken English, “I trust courts.”

The rule of law is a thing of remarkable beauty and importance, and also something we take for granted. Whether it is the survivors of sexual abuse or the children whose father has been taken away by an impaired driver. These and others in past millennia would have sought redress in primitive and lawless ways. Today, however, they simply put their faith in our institutions of justice. They say, simply and emphatically, that they trust the courts.