The United Bill Of Rights

1369 WordsNov 30, 20166 Pages
The United Bill of Rights is perhaps one of the most important pieces of constitutional legislature that protects the rights of the individual to freedom, liberty, and personal autonomy by limiting the powers of the federal government. While most people and the media discussions surrounding the Bill of Rights usually clusters around the 1st and 2nd Amendments, the 7th Amendment is also an integral component in limiting federal power, which aids in transferring the power of government from the concentrated hands of a few to instead the people. However, the 7th Amendment plays a less significant role in affecting the day to day lives of the average American in today 's time than it did when the Bill of Rights was initially ratified in 1791. The 7th Amendment is fairly straightforward in meaning and intention, but has important implications in terms of limiting federal power. There are two important elements of this amendment. The first component, known as the Preservation Clause, declares: “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved.” This is the part most people know, which details in what situations a jury is needed for trial. The second component, known as the Re-examination clause, states: "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.” Consequently, federal judges are prevented from overruling
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