The law firm’s name is derived from the Latin word ‘iustus’, meaning ‘just’.
The firm’s central symbol of a clock is not an accidental choice, as it is also based on the idea of justice. The particular clock is a 500-year-old astronomic clock that hangs on the wall of the old Town Hall of the City of Prague in the Czech Republic.
Why this clock?
Many legends surround the astronomic clock of Prague. According to one, the clock was devised by clockmaker Hanuš. This masterpiece was so outstanding that the city officials feared that he might make a similar clock elsewhere and deprive Prague of its glory. To avoid this, the officials hired men who attacked and blinded Hanuš. The legend ends with the dying Hanuš reaching the wheels of the clock and demolishing them. Fortunately, this is just an exaggerated tale. Still, Hanuš was a real person, a clockmaker, who lived in Prague between 1475 and 1497 and, according to the legend, he felt the remuneration he received from the city officials for making the clock was completely unfair.
Thus, the astronomic clock of Prague is not merely symbolic of time that has been ticking away since ancient times, but also bears the ancient idea of justice to this day!
What does this mysterious word ‘justice’ truly mean and what does it have to do with law?
Ancient philosopher Aristotle illustrated understanding of the law using the following metaphor: “Law is like a big vessel that must be filled with just substance”.
This means that law must be carried by, above all, the most important part of the idea of law: justice. The state as the legislature must be able to take numerous factors into account in order to administer justice, not simply produce a piece of writing titled ‘law’ that contains no shred of justice.
If you look at the clock’s inner mechanism you can see an amazing jungle of larger and smaller toothed wheels. This complicated device is maintained by a single engineer who thoroughly checks the clock every week.
THIS ALLOWS THE CLOCK OF JUSTICE TO TICK FOREVER SO THAT YOU CAN USE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY WITH OUR HELP!