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(Episode 25) Go Ahead and Start at Seamen: The Seventh Amendment

Welcome to Episode 6 of Season 3, listeners! For the first time in awhile, our topic doesn't require a breakdown into multiple parts. Get ready to learn some more about the Seventh Amendment, which states:

"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 common law."

The Seventh Amendment contains two important clauses: (1) the right to a trial by jury in civil causes of a certain value, and (2) the "reexamination clause."

When you hear the word "trial," do you think of a civil or criminal case? (We're guessing criminal.) And when you hear the word "trial," you probably picture a jury, right? The reality is that less than 1% of civil cases filed in court get decided by juries - in part because the Seventh Amendment only applies to f…

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