Seventh Amendment

By Heavyn Diaz-Johnson♥

Bill of Rights Seventh Amendment

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars,the right of the trial by jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment Simplified: You can have a jury settle civil cases involving a lot of money. Once the case is decided, it can't be brought up again in another court.

Court Case!

In 2006, carpenter Luis Barros fell 15 ft at a construction site. Barros sued the construction company he worked for because he suffered serious injuries to his spine and ankle. The construction crew was renovating a high-rise condominium in New Rochelle, New York. In the course of the workday, the construction crew often had to move between platforms and scaffolds set up on the outside of the buildings.

My bill of rights court case scenario

Mabel Green, an elderly woman, was walking to the park like she usually does every morning. As she was walking she noticed that the new sidewalk that was being constructed was finally finished, so she decided to take that shortcut. Unfortunately, the brand new had an uneven slab of concrete with which she tripped on, fell, and broke her right femur. She was hospitalized for a month.

Although they operated her leg, Mrs. Green was told by her doctors that she will have difficulty walking for the rest of her life. Her immediate family suggested to sue the construction company, and the city, holding them responsible for her injuries, pain, and long-suffering, due to the construction workers' and the city inspectors' negligence.


1. Leavitt, Amie Jane. Bill of Rights in Translation : What It Really Means. Mankato: Capstone, 2009. Ebook.

2. Furgang, Kathy. Seventh Amendment : The Right to a Jury Trial. New York: Rosen Central, 2011. Ebook.