Major developments

 

This page lists all of the most recent developments on civil right to counsel across the country. These could be newly created rights to counsel, significant publications, public events, advocacy efforts, or other things that don't fit into a neat category.

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Right to counsel

12/13/2017

Children in abuse/neglect cases have a right to counsel upon request.

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Acting on CT legislative task force suggestions, Legislature enacts DV representation pilot

12/01/2017

A new DV representation pilot follows a recommendation of the legislative Task Force to Improve Access to Counsel in Civil Matters.

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Discretionary appointment of counsel

12/01/2017

The South Carolina Supreme Court has said that the constitutional right to counsel in termination cases is on a case-by-case basis.

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San Francisco ballot initiative, ordinance would establish right to counsel in housing cases

11/14/2017

A new ballot initiative and city ordinance would guarantee counsel for San Francisco tenants in eviction cases.

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Immigration representation across country to expand, backed by report

11/14/2017

A study found represented immigrants are 12 times more likely to avoid deportation. The study is tied to a project to expand representation.

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Right to counsel

11/02/2017

Persons lacking capacity to make treatment decisions have the right to counsel prior to appointment of a guardian to make such decisions.

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Wisconsin case addresses right to counsel for confinement of pregnant women

10/26/2017

A Wisconsin case raises the issue of right to counsel when pregnant women are civilly committed for alleged child endangerment.

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PA case challenges lack of right to counsel in fees/fines cases

10/19/2017

A case in the Pennsylvania Superior Court will address a defendant's right to counsel prior to incarceration for failure to pay fees/fines.

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NCCRC gives input to 2017 UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

10/03/2017

NCCRC collaborated on a report to a UN Rapporteur urging the recognition of a right to counsel in civil cases as a way of combatting poverty.

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Kentucky court: parents have right to counsel in adoption proceedings

09/22/2017

The Kentucky Court of Appeals held that parents have a statutory right to counsel in adoption actions.

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Delaware Access to Justice Commission subcommittees call for right to counsel

09/18/2017

A report by several subcommittees of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission urges recognition of a right to counsel for more civil cases.

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Survey: Americans overwhelmingly support right to counsel in civil cases

09/12/2017

A survey conducted by Voices for Civil Justice reveals that Americans strongly support a right to counsel in civil cases.

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WA court says child should have been appointed counsel

09/11/2017

A Washington Court of Appeals held that a trial court should have appointed counsel for a child in a dependency proceeding.

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US Commission on Civil Rights calls for counsel in fees/fines cases

09/01/2017

The US Commission on Civil Rights released a report regarding the need for counsel prior to incarceration for failure to pay fees/fines.

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Conference of State Court Administrators urges counsel for all child welfare cases

08/31/2017

COSCA has released a new child welfare policy urging all state courts to provide counsel for parents and children in child welfare cases.

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ABA resolution calls for right to counsel in immigration cases

08/14/2017

ABA Resolution 115, adopted at the 2017 ABA Annual conference, supports a right to counsel in immigration court.

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NYC is first place in country to provide right to counsel to tenants in housing court

08/11/2017

NYC is the first jurisdiction in the country to establish a right to counsel for low-income tenants in eviction cases.

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Nevada Supreme Court case will decide right to counsel in child support cases

08/03/2017

The Nevada Supreme Court will decide whether pro se parents have a right to counsel before being incarcerated for failing to pay child support.

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Washington State expands rule on counsel for litigants with disabilities to admin proceedings

08/02/2017

WA's Office of Administrative Hearings is adopting a rule for appointing counsel for litigants with mental disabilities in admin proceedings.

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New York State to provide counsel for all detained immigrants facing deportation

08/01/2017

In a groundbreaking step, New York State will be providing counsel to all detained immigrants facing removal.

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All about California's right to counsel pilot projects

07/28/2017

In 2009, California enacted the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which created right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 made them permanent.

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All about California's right to counsel pilot projects

07/28/2017

In 2009, California enacted the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which created right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 made them permanent.

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NCCRC Coordinator appears on WNPR's "Where We Live" program

07/25/2017

NCCRC Coordinator John Pollock was on WNPR's "Where We Live" program to discuss the right to counsel in civil cases.

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UN report raises need for counsel in all detention cases

07/17/2017

A report by the UN Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention discussed the need for counsel whenever a person faces any kind of detention.

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D.C. Enacts Expanding Access To Justice Act Of 2017

07/12/2017

The D.C. Council has appropriated $4.5 million for housing eviction defense with an eye towards a right to counsel in housing cases.

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New law permits appointment of counsel for child in arbitrated custody dispute

07/11/2017

In a custody arbitration, the arbitrator may appoint counsel for the child at the expense of the parents.

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Baltimore Sun turns focus to rise of civil right to counsel housing legislation

07/01/2017

An article in the Baltimore Sun looked at bills filed at the city level in NYC, Washington D.C., and elsewhere to provide counsel for tenants.

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Philly City Council funds expanded counsel for tenants

06/29/2017

The Philadelphia City Council has been examining how to solve landlord/tenant issues, including considering a right to counsel for tenants.

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New Louisiana law requires counsel for fines/fees cases

06/21/2017

A bill passed in 2017 requires the court to appoint counsel when a defendant is held in contempt for failure to comply with a repayment plan.

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Legislation: debt collection proceedings

06/21/2017

This bill would have, among other things, required appointment of counsel for contempt proceedings related to debt collection.

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