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Civil Juries And Complex Cases: Taking Stock After Twelve Years, Richard O. Lempert Jan 1993

Civil Juries And Complex Cases: Taking Stock After Twelve Years, Richard O. Lempert

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Twelve years ago, as the first Reagan administration was coming into office, it appeared that the civil jury, at least in complex cases, might be on the way out. The hostility of Chief Justice Warren Burger toward the civil jury was no secret and the circuit courts were split on the question of whether the Seventh Amendment guarantee of trial allowed an exception for complex cases. The issue was ripe for Supreme Court resolution. Moreover, a body of then-recent scholarship provided the Court with some historical justification for reading a complexity exception into the Seventh Amendment as well as with …