Today’s blog is a continuation of my February 14th blog which addressed: The Right to Trial by Jury. If you read that blog you will understand my views on Juries.
Again, here are two sources of our Right to Trial by Jury for Civil Cases:
US Constitution Bill of Rights: Right to Trial by Jury is guaranteed in the 7th Amendment: “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.”
Two guarantees in the Texas Constitution: Article I, section 15 is a part of our Bill of Rights.. It provides in pertinent part:
The right of trial by jury shall remain inviolate. The Legislature shall pass such laws as may be needed to regulate the same, and to maintain its purity and efficiency.
Article V of the Texas Constitution governs the judiciary. See TEX. CONST. art. V. Section 10 provides:
In the trial of all causes in the District Courts, the plaintiff or defendant shall, upon application made in open court, have the right of trial by jury; but no jury shall be empaneled in any civil case unless demanded by a party to the case, and a jury fee be paid by the party demanding a jury, for such sum, and with such exceptions as may be prescribed by the Legislature.
Last month, we received a very favorable appellate decision regarding a $159 million verdict, but still have more than $100 million in verdicts on appeal in various appellate courts.
The verdict entered doesn’t end the case; indeed, many times it’s just the beginning.
I trust juries and hope the appellate courts do as well.
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