The scales of justice is an ancient symbol of law. It represents how the law must weigh both sides of a dispute (Supreme Court). Some of Iowa's courthouses feature the symbol of the scales without the image of Lady Justice.
The scales of justice is seen in etched glass above the west entrance of Pottawattamie County's subcourthouse in Avoca.
The scales of justice are the prominent feature in a stained-glass window above the west entrance to Hancock County's courthouse in Garner
A modern scales of justice are depicted above the north door on the tall stone facade of the Blackhawk County courthouse in Waterloo.
The scales of justice are etched into the stone structure near the south entrance to the Story County courthouse in Nevada.
Supreme Court. Symbols of law. Online: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/about/symbolsoflaw.pdf .Updated 5/23/2002.