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Quotes About Trial By Jury

The wisdom of our ages and the blood of our heroes has been devoted to the attainment of trial by jury. It should be the creed of our political faith.
— Thomas Jefferson —

Standing up on the right to trial by jury is something that, really, a lot of people should agree with, you know, both on the Right and the Left.

— Rand Paul

Trial by jury is a wise distribution of power which exceeds all other modes of trial.

— Edward Coke

Cross-examination is beyond any doubt the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of truth ... Cross-examination, not trial by jury, is the great and permanent contribution of the Anglo-American system of law to improved methods of trial-procedure.

— John Henry Wigmore

Trial by jury must and shall be preserved! Amidst the throng of crude sacrilegisms ... that assail us nowadays in the legal sanctuary, none is more shortsighted, none more dangerous, than the proposal to abolish trial by jury.

— John Henry Wigmore

Three features mark the Anglo-American system as different from all others. One is the extent to which our law is formed in litigation. Another feature is the way we conduct these cases: we pit antagonists against each other, to cast up from their struggles the material of decisions. A third- and largest in the public consciousness- is the trial by jury.

— Charles Rembar

The object of any tyrant would be to overthrow or diminish trial by jury, for it is the lamp that shows that freedom lives.

— Patrick Devlin, Baron Devlin

What many of those who oppose the use of juries in civil trials seem to ignore is that the founders of our Nation considered the right of trial by jury in civil cases an important bulwark against tyranny and corruption, a safeguard too precious to be left to the whim of the sovereign, or, it might be added, to that of the judiciary.

— William Rehnquist

In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.

— James Madison

The law of England has established trial by judge and jury in the conviction that it is the mode best calculated to ascertain the truth.

— Jeremy Bentham

That in controversies respecting property, and in suits between man and man, the ancient trial by jury is preferable to any other, and ought to be held sacred.

— George Mason

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