We all know from grade school history that the Declaration of Independence was passed on July 4, 1776 by 56 delegates to the Continental Congress who declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and King George III. The Declaration asserted certain natural and legal rights including those certain inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The Declaration of Independence was essentially a list complaints and grievances against Great Britain for its years of mistreatment, oppression and manipulation of the supposed judiciary.
As a result of this Declaration and the ensuing Revolutionary War, the United States Constitution was passed in 1787 creating a government and structure placing the power in the hands of the people. The Constitution served as the government charter for the United States. It constitutes the supreme law of the land and sets forth our citizen rights therein. Article III of the United States Constitution established the judicial branch i.e. Court System for the enforcement of these rights. Section 2 of Article III sets forth judicial power, jurisdiction and the Right to trial by jury. The Right to trial by Jury is one of our most important and fundamental rights.
Section 2 inspired the Sixth Amendment within the Bill of Rights. The right to be judged by a citizen’s peers was a bedrock upon which the Founding Fathers created the United States. This fundamental right was created to further prevent oppression by our government and prevent unfounded criminal charges motivated by political or other improper intentions.
The Seventh Amendment provides the right to a jury trial in certain civil cases and limits the ability of trial judges to overturn a jury’s factual findings. The primary purpose is to create the distinction of the province of the trial judge and that of the jury. While the right of a jury trial may be and is limited, for an aggrieved party who’s rights have been impeded, it provides an available remedy for afflicted innocent victims against careless and negligent perpetrators and corporations.
Citizens’ rights must be protected by the jury system. The wrongfully injured, mistreated employees, and victims of governmental oppression must have recourse. So, on this July 4th, while enjoying the companionship of friend and family, when someone says to you that “juries should be eliminated”, remember why the Founding Fathers declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776 and the importance of the jury trial. The Patberg Law Firm wishes you, your family and friends a Happy July 4th celebration and let’s remember why we’re celebrating.
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