Amendments to the US Constitution, Question:

Amendment VII states: "In suits at 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 reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law." What does this mean? 


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The seventh amendment deals with property lawsuits.  It says if the suit deals with any amount over twenty dollars then you can have a trial by jury. (This figure has been moved upwards to keep pace with inflation.  The Federal Government now sets the figure at $75,000.)  The seventh amendment also states that you cannot set up your own court system.  Only governments can do so.