Public Act 98-1132: An Unconstitutional Violation of the ‘Inviolate’ Right to Trial By Jury?

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March 2015
Mike Resis, Britta Sahlstrom
IDC Defense Update, Vol. 15, No.3

"Public Act 98-1132: An Unconstitutional Violation of the ‘Inviolate’ Right to Trial By Jury?" discusses the history of the right to trial by jury in Illinois as set out in the Record of Proceedings of the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention of 1970 in order to determine whether the “inviolate” right of “trial by jury as heretofore enjoyed” includes the right to a twelve person jury in civil actions (unless otherwise agreed by both parties). The article also touches upon constitutional concerns surrounding Public Act 99-1132.

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