The sword comes to the world for the delay of judgment, and for the perversion of judgment, and because of those who teach the Torah not in accordance with the accepted law.
– Pirkei Avot 5:8, 3rd c., C.E.
To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.
– Magna Carta, 1225
390. Delays have bene more injurious than direct Injstice. 391. They too often starve those they dare not deny. 392. The very winner is made a Loser, because he pays twice for his own;… 393. Our Law says well, to delay Justice is Injustice. 394. Not to have a Right, and not to come at it, differs little. 395. Refuse or Dispatch is the Duty and Wisdom of a good Officer.
– William Penn, Some Fuits of Solitude, 1905