Quote of the Day: U.S. Supreme Court Justices on Civil Trials by Jury


"One of the strongest objections originally taken against the Constitution of the United States was the want of an express provision securing the right of trial by jury in civil cases. As soon as the Constitution was adopted, this right was secured by the Seventh Amendment." -- Justice Joseph Story, 1830

"The right of trial by jury is expressly secured by the Seventh Amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court has always guarded this constitutional right with jealousy." -- Justice Stanley Matthews, 1885

"The founders of our government thought that trial by civil jury was an essential bulwark of civil liberty." -- Justice Hugo Black, 1939

"The right of trial by jury in civil cases is so fundamental and sacred to the citizen that it should be jealously guarded by the courts." -- Justice Frank Murphy, 1942

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