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Expanding Access to Justice in the Courts

Expanding Access to Justice in the Courts

Monday, March 17th, 2008

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Expanding Access to Justice in the Courts

James Madison, one of the main drafters of the Constitution and the fourth President, wrote that, "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." Yet, today, consumers, employees and victims of corporate negligence are increasingly being denied access to justice through the courts. 

Criminal Justice Reform at the State Level

Criminal Justice Reform at the State Level

Monday, September 17th, 2007

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FL: Leaving the Injured without Justice

From the Sun Sentinel:
The Florida Senate gave final approval Thursday to a measure toppling a centuries-old principle of civil law that will make it harder for people to collect damages when they're injured in an accident.
This change allows businesses to harm others, yet escape most responsibility for paying damages by palming off blame on others.

SC: Dumbing down Juries

Or if a tree falls in a forest and a jury isn't told, does the tree legally exist? More or less, this is the issue before the US Supreme Court in a case deciding whether state law can require judges to hide evidence from juries. In South Carolina, state law generally prohibits defense lawyers from presenting evidence that someone other than the accused committed the crime in question.