Using juries to decide conflicts started in ancient Greece. Back then juries consisted of hundreds of citizens called upon to decide the facts of the case presented. Later on in England the Magna Carta enshrined the jury as a fundamental right of an English citizen in 1215. It established and secured the right to trial jury by a jury of peers. In the United States juries have played a fundamental role in our legal system of the United States since the we became a country. Thomas Jefferson said “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” The 7th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides 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.”
Here at McVeigh Skiff Attorneys at Law we believe that citizen jurors bring wisdom, knowledge and sense of fairness into the courtroom.
Are all personal injury cases decided by a jury?
Our goal is to resolve your case outside of the courtroom, meaning a jury likely wouldn’t be needed. We try to present your story in a way that the insurance company will agree to pay you a fair amount for your losses without the necessity of litigation. Settlement is faster and easier for everyone involved. When the insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement, we would not hesitate to bring a case to litigation or a full trial, where the jury stands as the safeguard of your rights. Our role at trial is to persuade the members of the jury to righteousness of your cause and to show them why they should rule in your favor.
Understanding the Jury’s Role
A jury’s job is to evaluate the evidence presented by both sides and decide what really happened. The Judge provides instructions about the relevant laws. In the end, the jurors must decide whether to rule in favor of the plaintiff or the defendant.
The jury is made up of members of the community where the incident in question took place. The basic goal is to get to a decision that reflects and conforms with the standards of the community.
As Vermont Personal Injury Attorneys we have more than 40 years of combined courtroom experience. We have presented and argued many cases to juries similar to the one that might hear your case.