Every civilized society, from the earliest dawn of history, has had some men set apart from the other members of the clan, tribe, province, state or nation, to decide controversies and issues of fact according to the best wisdom they possessed. They were (and are) the wise men of their time and age. They were and are the law men.
Oscar Hunsicker, Justice Is Not Just a Word, 6 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 154 (1957)