I have had one person question whether there really is a constitutional right to a jury trial in a dispute that is not criminal in nature. I was somewhat surprised that the person asking the question was totally unaware of the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The question to me was, “Does the U.S. Constitution really guarantee a right to a civil jury trial?” And, my answer was, “Yes it does and very clearly so in the Seventh Amendment.” I then began to wonder if there are many others who believe as this person did and question whether the guarantee of a jury only applies in criminal cases. So I decided that the best thing to do would be to publish the Seventh Amendment once again for all to see.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
The right to a jury trial in civil cases was so important that it’s in our Constitution. This right is just as important as any right guaranteed to us in the Constitution by our forefathers! They had the wisdom and foresight required to anticipate that ordinary citizens – and really all citizens, including the rich and powerful – need the protection that only a jury can provide in times of trouble.
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