Timelines
Right to a Speedy and Public Trial

  • 1791
    Sixth Amendment Is Ratified

  • 1905
    Justices Say 'Speedy' Depends On Circumstances

  • 1948
    Mich. Conviction In Secret Trial Overturned

  • 1957
    Delay Caused By Mistake Not Unconstitutional

  • 1966
    'Speed' Not Only Factor For Fair Proceeding

  • 1967
    Speedy Trial Guarantee Applies To States

  • 1972
    Court Clarifies What 'Speedy Trial' Means

  • 1973
    Violation Of Quick Trial Right Means Case Dismissal

  • 1974
    Federal Speedy Trial Act Passed

  • 1975
    Information In Public Court Documents Can Be Published

  • 1978
    Limits Put On Right To Information In Trials

  • 1979
    Right To Public Trial Is To Protect Defendant

  • 1992
    Delays Due To Negligence Can Violate Speedy Trial Right

  • 2001
    Justice Dept. Closes Immigration Hearings
    Bush Issues Order Permitting Military Tribunals

  • 2006
    Waiver On Speedy Trial Right Rejected