Trail By Jury
By: Jordan Walls
IN My Own Words
The seventh amendment guaranteed that you will have a fair trail by the jury while you are in court.
History Behind the Seventh Amendment
Since English settlers first came to North America juries have been an important part of American legal tradition. A jury is a panel of citizens brought together to hear evidence and then decide the facts, that is, what happened, in a legal case. Colonists repeatedly listed the right to a trial by jury among the basic rights for which they were fighting.
Supreme Court Case
Colgrove vs. Battin (1973), the Supreme Court found that these smaller juries in no way violated the Seventh Amendment. The Court held that the language of the amendment “is not directed to jury characteristics” but rather to the types of cases that are entitled to juries. The Court went on to say that the quality of a jury decision making was not weakened by having six members instead of twelve