amendment is a very important amendment to the American Bill of Rights because it has to do
with how the judicial system is run. The amendment states that 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.
The 7th Amendment is one of the most important guidelines concerning our judicial
system. The Amendment rose out of controversy surrounding the original Constitution, as many
states felt it lacked enough information on how civil trials would proceed. Once the Amendment
was drafted, …show more content…
This court system was modeled after the British courts.
Following the adoption of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 1938, the situation
became more complicated. The law and equity branches of the civil court system were now
merged together into a single court. These caused problems to arise when a case was presented
that should have been split between both the equity and law branches. The solution was found
by the Supreme Court, in that the jury would first make the decision that would have been done
in the law branch, and the judge would then follow with his ruling in what would have been the
equity branch. Also, since monetary value has changed substantially since the 18th century,
common law trials are those which would measure out to be the equivalent of 20 dollars at the
time the Amendment was written.
The second part of the Amendment deals with court oversight in civil proceedings. Even
if the case is tried under the rules of the common law branch, the judge can still inform the jury
as to which evidence to disregard and which to hold as important. In extreme cases, the judge