While we have had discussion of the decline of civil jury trials for some time now, did you know someone is actually doing something about it? In addition to the article we have on their latest meeting (a conversation between project founder Steve Susman and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor), in this issue, our favorite thing is the NYU Civil Jury Project.
“In 1962, juries resolved 5.5% of federal civil cases; since 2005, the rate has been below 1%. The Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law examines how the civil jury trial became a vanishing feature of the American legal landscape and looks at the consequence for the legal system and society more broadly.”
You can read more about the Civil Jury Project here. This is an opportunity to understand the issues and participate in strategies for resolution.