Trail By Jury

By: Jordan Walls

Seventh Amendment

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed 20 dollars ,the right of trail by jury shall be preserved , and no fact tried by jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the united states, than according to the rules of common law.

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