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A Tribute To Trial By Jury
In suits of common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved; and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of common Law.

                        – The Seventh Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Read more here. We thank the Nebraska Trial Attorneys Association for this valuable contribution to public education.

1. What is a Plaintiff?
A Plaintiff is a person who brings an action in a court of law to receive recourse for an injury to his/her rights. Trial Lawyer associations work to support the rights of plaintiffs, and protect your right to sue a company or party who has injured you.

You and the Civil Justice System: Resources for Consumers & Plaintiffs
NATLE, State Trial Lawyer Associations, and countless advocacy groups nationwide are committed to protecting the rights of you and your family by working to preserve and strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment and quality health care.

There are a number of resources that provide you with access to information on the civil justice system and your rights as a citizen. Answers to frequently asked questions, as well as links to some key websites are listed below.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

2. I Think I Have a Case. How Can I Find an Attorney?
If you think that you have a claim,  good place to start is with your local, state, or provincial trial lawyer association.  Click here for a list of links to NATLE member trial lawyer associations to locate the one closest to you: NATLE Member Association Websites

3. What does "Right to Trial By Jury" Mean?"
If you're considering filing a claim, it's important to understand your rights as a citizen. The 7th Ammendment protects your rights to a "speedy and public trial by an impartial jury." The following links provide additional information on the trial by jury system, including the different steps of the trial process.

View the American Jury On-Line Resource Guide   
View "The US Courts & Legal System" at Findlaw 101  

4. What Is a Contingency Fee?
In the USA, the contingency fee system is one way that all injured citizens are guaranteed access to the courts regardless of their ability to pay because the attorney's fee is contingent on the case being won. If you have been injured and wish to sue, an attorney may agree to represent you for a "contingency fee." This means that the attorney keeps an agreed-upon percentage of whatever money they recover for you in your case. Remember, when an attorney agrees to take your case on a "contingency fee" basis, you might have to cover the court costs, which could add up to several thousand dollars and may be deducted from any amount won at trial or at settlement. But, if you win your case, your attorney may ask the judge to order the defendant to pay you back for court costs
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