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June 01, 2009
In our series on the first Ten Amendments, added to the Constitution through the Bill of Rights, we come to the Seventh Amendment.
Our Founding Fathers wouldn't approve of me not getting around to it, since they approved it in the first place.
As much as the Sixth Amendment gives criminal defendants the right to a jury, the Seventh Amendment serves to ensure that civil litigants are entitled to jury trials also.
“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.”
Common law, from what I gather, was another name for civil law back then.
In case you're wondering, a civil case being a noncriminal lawsuit, usually involves private property rights. Or lawsuits involving breach of contract, probate, divorce, negligence and copyright violations.
The Seventh also sets up the precedence for a civil trial, which is different from a criminal trial.
O.J. Simpson was innocent in his criminal trial yet guilty in his civil trial. Since in the latter there only needs to be enough evidence to give you the impression of guilt, and you just need a majority saying, "Guilty."
In the case of lawsuits, it is argued (not only by lawyers) that product liability lawsuits are about the only means we have to hold powerful corporations responsible.
And sometimes they even work.
What do you think?
Bill of Rights constitution.org Take a look at an interesting article we found.
The Constitution of the United States of America law.cornell.edu Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Seventh Amendment Legal Definition .thefreedictionary.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Who benefits most from the Seventh Amendment?