· A cornerstone of our democracy is a uniquely American civil justice system that allows judges and juries to enforce the law and protect the principles of accountability and responsibility.
· Our founding fathers knew that without the ability to enforce the law, the law becomes meaningless.
· The 7th Amendment to the Constitution grants the right to trial by jury and is at the very heart of our civil justice system.
· The 7th Amendment:
· Through the 7th Amendment and access to the civil justice system, Americans can to affect positive changes in our society, including:
· It is important to our democracy and our society that the 7th Amendment is protected and that the civil justice system remains accessible to all citizens so that they can seek justice and accountability.
"Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty.
Without them we have no other fortification against being ridden like horses,
fleeced like sheep, worked like cattle, and fed and clothed like swine and hounds."
John Adams, 1774
“I consider [trial by jury] as the only anchor yet imagined by man, by
which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”
“The right to trial by jury in civil cases at common law is fundamental to
our history and jurisprudence. A right so fundamental and sacred
to the citizens . . . should be jealously guarded.”
William H. Rehnquist, Former Chief Justice, United States Supreme Court