The right to a trial by a jury of our peers is one of the hallmarks of
the American judicial system. Unfortunately, this fundamental constitutional
protection is being threatened by social, political, and economic forces
that aim to pass limitations and restrictions. One initiative - Save Our
Juries - is building momentum to help Americans protect and preserve the
civil jury system.
Save Our Juries is a national public awareness campaign that was founded
by some of the nation’s top plaintiff and defense civil attorneys
in 1958. Sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), of
which our firm has been a long time member and supporter, Save Our Juries
is committed to educating and mobilizing the American public, and to helping
them protect their Seventh Amendment right - which allows us to take civil
disputes to a jury of our peers.
Efforts such as tort reform have placed the civil jury system in danger.
Should these and other similar reform efforts continue, it would place
individuals and families at risk. For example, in the event that you or
a loved one are injured by another’s negligence, you may lose the
right to have a jury decide a fair resolution for you. If you were sued,
you may lose the right to explain your side of the story to your peers.
Kelley/Uustal is proud to support Save Our Juries, and we encourage everyone
to learn more about their rights and how they can get involved.
www.saveourjuries.org to learn more.