This article examines the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence relating to the historic Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial. I describe the three-prong analysis that the Court employs, analyze the Court’s decisions that analyze the jury trial, and conclude that the Court’s decisions are consistent with its Seventh Amendment line of cases in which it emphasizes the preservation of the basic right to jury under the first inquiry, while it de-emphasizes the essence and scope of that right under the second and third inquiries.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2013-71; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2013-71
Joan Schaffner, The Seventh Amendment Right to a Civil Jury Trial: The Supreme Court Giveth and the Supreme Court Taketh Away, 31 U. BALT. L. REV. 225 (2002).