Summary Judgment and the Reasonable Jury Standard: A Proxy for a Judge's Own View of the Sufficiency of the Evidence?

7 Pages Posted: 1 May 2014 Last revised: 15 May 2014

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Suja A. Thomas

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Under motions for summary judgment, directed verdict, and judgment as a matter of law, judges employ the reasonable jury standard, deciding whether a reasonable jury could find for the non-moving party. This article explores the propriety of the reasonable jury standard, argues the standard has become a proxy for a judge’s own view of the evidence, and proposes renewed study of the standard.

Keywords: summary judgment, jury, reasonable jury, judgment as a matter of law, directed verdict

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Suja A., Summary Judgment and the Reasonable Jury Standard: A Proxy for a Judge's Own View of the Sufficiency of the Evidence? (2014). Judicature, Vol. 97, No. 5, March/April 2014; Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS14-31; Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 14-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2431071

Suja A. Thomas (Contact Author)

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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