Quote of the Day: The Declaration of Independence on Civil Trials by Jury


"He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:"

And the Declaration was preceded by the first Virginia Constitution, enacted June 29, 1776, which also condemned King George III, "For depriving us of the benefits of trial by jury," and the Virginia Declaration of Rights enacted on June 12, 1776, in which Article XI states, "That in controversies respecting property and in suits between man and man, the ancient trial by jury is preferable to any other and ought to be held sacred."

As I posted when I opened this website, our Founding Fathers were crystal clear that Americans have an unalienable right to jury trials for civil suits.


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