Search Site
Menu
The Churchillian View

Winston Churchill once famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Perhaps the worst form of ascertaining the truth is the American civil court system, except for all the others. I guess, all in all, it is pretty darn good. It may have its faults as Churchill thought about democracy but it is a system with an approach and a purpose and a pretty good track record.

In a recent blog, I wrote about cross-examination. There is a concept, culled from centuries of jurisprudence, that questioning and eliciting answers in a vigorous format helps to establish the facts. Also, an oath is a powerful tool in eliciting truth, although certainly not something that ensures or guarantees truth. Another concept behind witness testimony is that the trier-of-fact, usually a jury, can judge the demeanor of a witness. All of these reasons explain why hearsay is disfavored and often excluded from the courtroom. Of course, there are exceptions which have carefully evolved over centuries. Hearsay exceptions need some indication of reliability if the proffered evidence is to be admitted.

What does Churchill have to do with this? No one can guarantee that the truth wins out. Nevertheless, if you talk to seasoned court observers, you will find that juries “most often get it right.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Feinberg & Alban, P.C. fervently protects your rights
  • The Boston firm of Feinberg & Alban, P.C. specializes its practice in the area of personal injury.

    The attorneys serve the entire state of Massachusetts in addition to affiliating with lawyers in other states to handle cases outside of Massachusetts.

  • $7.7 Million Award for Feinberg & Alban Client in Personal Injury Trial

    Boston Attorneys Win Highest Injury Verdict in Massachusetts in 2011 & 2012.

Client Reviews
  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I got chance make car accident (it's not my fault). Before I didn't have any accident like that one. I choose this agency accidentally due to it's location was convenient to my job. I was surprise (good surprise) that agency lawyer (Colleen Santora)...

    Read more

    Anatoly Gorbatchev

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Colleen Santora was a great attorney to have during my motor accident. She is very responsive and great at her job. She supported me mentally and professionally. I recommend her to everyone who wants real results.

    Read more

    Nnamdi Chinemere

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Marsha Alban is a great attorney and very easy to work with!

    Read more

    Lana Bautin

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I have had the pleasure of working with Attorney Santora several times, and she has never let me down. She is professional, compassionate, knowledgeable, and always keeps my best interest at the forefront. I have recommended her to friends without he...

    Read more

    Brian Orsatti

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    I highly recommend Marsha! From start to finish was just as easy as a law process can be. No words to explain how wonderful all of them are. Highly proportional and caring. All questions answered , all problems resolved. Thank you ! Look no more. Thi...

    Read more

    Katerina Zhantuan

See all reviews
Awards & Affiliations
Contact us

Quick Contact Form