Here Comes the Judge - "Law Week" in TN
Thursday, May 3, 2007
It's "Law Week" in Tennessee, a time dedicated to demystifying the legal process and educating people about the role of the court system in a democracy. Stephen T. Greer with the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association says the civil justice system is the nation's watchdog for consumer safety, bringing about things like seat belts that work properly.
“All sorts of safety issues and developments have come about in this country as a direct result of the civil justice system.”
"Law Week" has a special focus on kids this year, both as the next generation of attorneys, and for their experience with the courts, whether because of child abuse and neglect cases, or juvenile justice.
Greer notes the civil court system has been under attack in recent years, and those moves are not in the interest of public safety.
“There are industries and business interests that would like to limit access to the courts. They would like to restrict what juries can do. And it's generally always driven by their desire to increase their bottom line.”
Those wanting to limit lawsuits say citizen jurors often misunderstand cases and award too much in penalties.
The Knoxville Bar Association is holding a celebration Friday.
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