Sunday, October 3, 2010

7th Amendment Artwork

"In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."
- 7th Amendment of the United States Constitution

The Seventh Amendment extends the right to a jury trial to federal civil cases such as car accidents, disputes between corporations for breach of contract, or most discrimination or employment disputes. If the damage or dispute amounts over $20, then the case can been taken to court. In civil cases, the person bringing the lawsuit (the plaintiff) seeks money damages or a court order preventing the person being sued (the defendant) from engaging in certain conduct. To win, the plaintiff must prove his or her case by “a preponderance of the evidence,” that is by over fifty percent of the proof.  I think that this Amendment is very important and keeps civil disputes under control, and keeps pitiful disputes (those that do not exceed an amount of $20) out of courts which saves time and money. 

Photography Prints

Above is the piece of Artwork I have chosen, I found it to be very witty. It states Amendment VII "Right to Trial by Jury" with a $20 bill in the background. This makes sense because you have a right to trial by jury if the dispute is over money damages that exceed $20.

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