7th amendment

By: Kamsey Onwuka

The 7th amendment says:

In suits at common law, where the value In controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury, shall no otherwise re examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules or the common law.

Background

Guarantees a jury than for civil cases the federal courts is usually not heard anymore I the federal court system.

Court case

Tull Water Act ( Argued: January 21, 1987) (Decided: April 28, 1987) : Tull discharged fill material into wet lands in violation of the clean water act. The 7th amendment preserves the right to a jury trial on the merits in action that are anoalougs to suits at common law

Decisions

The Seventh Amendment is silent on the issue of whether a jury must determine both the liability and the amount of the remedy. The jury’s role in the assessment of a remedy is not necessary to preserve the common law right of a trial by jury as the assessment of the civil penalty is not a fundamental part of a trial by jury. The jury must determine liability and the trial judge may determine the amount of the penalty.

Cite Source

"FindLaw's United States Supreme Court Case and Opinions." Case.findlaw.com. FindLaw, 2014. Web.

My own words

The 7th amendment means that everybody has the right to request a trial by jury for civil suits of twenty dollars or more.