When Was the Seventh Amendment Ratified?


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The ratification date of the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution was December 15, 1791, according to the National Constitution Center. Congress passed this amendment in September of the same year, and it dealt with the right to a jury trial for certain types of civil lawsuits. However, this right is only at the federal court level and doesn't apply to state courts.

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The Seventh Amendment gives individuals the right to a jury trial when a case involves an issue like a breach of contract or employment disputes regarding discrimination. This amendment includes what is known as the Reexamination Clause, as the amendment sought to reexamine the right to have a trial by jury, which citizens wanted to see protected, as noted by The Heritage Guide to The Constitution.

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