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 - extreme risk protection orders

04/16/2019

A respondent has a right to counsel in a proceeding relating to a protection order due to possession of firearms.

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City of Los Angeles explores right to counsel for evictions

04/11/2019

The City of Los Angeles is exploring whether to enact an ordinance providing a right to counsel in housing court similar to New York City.

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NYC first jurisdiction to guarantee counsel for evictions, looks to expand

04/10/2019

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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All about Philadelphia's work to establish right to counsel in eviction cases

03/17/2019

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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Connecticut moves towards right to counsel in eviction proceedings

03/12/2019

A bill has been introduced that would guarantee counsel for indigent tenants in eviction proceedings.

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Detroit summit focuses on right to counsel in eviction cases

03/12/2019

Detroit convened tenants, city officials, legal services, and national experts to talk about the right to counsel for evictions.

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U.S. rank on access to civil justice in Rule of Law Index drops to 99th out of 126 countries

03/10/2019

The 2019 World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index ranked the U.S. 99th in the world on access to civil justice.

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Legislation: Massachusetts pursuing statewide eviction right to counsel

03/01/2019

Bills have been filed to create a statewide right to counsel in eviction cases, and a statewide coalition has been launched to support them.

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Montana Supreme Court acts to protect parent right to counsel

01/03/2019

The Montana Supreme Court found that a parent had not waived his right to counsel in an adoption case, and strengthened the waiver standard.

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Report: tenants in Columbus OH with rep avoid adverse judgments far more often

12/08/2018

A report by Legal Aid Society of Columbus found that tenants with representation received favorable outcomes in their cases far more often.

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Report: Hennepin County MN tenants w/rep 2x more likely to stay in homes

12/08/2018

A report on tenant representation Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid found that tenants experienced far better outcomes with counsel.

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NJ court: counsel must be appointed prior to suspending driver's licenses

12/07/2018

A NJ trial court has held the state must appoint counsel prior to suspending a person's driver's license for inability to pay child support.

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U.S. Senate hearings on adult guardianship address right to counsel

11/28/2018

The U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging held hearings on state guardianship proceedings, and the right to counsel was discussed.

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NCCRC Coordinator delivers keynote speech in Minnesota

11/20/2018

NCCRC Coordinator John Pollock delivered a keynote speech on right to counsel to an audience of 400 people in Minnesota in November.

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Civil Rights Commission: Tennessee forfeiture proceedings should include counsel

11/01/2018

A civil rights report critiques Tennessee's civil forfeiture practices for not providing a right to counsel for property owners.

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Vermont Supreme Court affirms right to counsel in contempt proceedings

11/01/2018

The Vermont Supreme Court re-affirmed the right to counsel in contempt proceedings involving incarceration.

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Philadelphia divorce study finds representation makes big difference

10/26/2018

A study found that those who received full representation in divorce cases were significantly more successful in completing their divorces.

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Another report calls for right to counsel in fees/fines cases

10/10/2018

A report from Alabama Appleseed urges the state to provide counsel at all postconviction proceedings related to court debt.

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All about the lawsuit involving the right to counsel for immigrant children

09/24/2018

A class action filed in federal court seeks a constitutional right to counsel for all immigrant children in deportation proceedings.

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NH Supreme Court extends right to counsel to certain debt collection cases

09/18/2018

The right to counsel extends to cases where the State seeks to collect appointed counsel fees, the NH Supreme Court ruled.

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Wisconsin advocates petition WI Supreme Court for right to counsel rules

09/13/2018

WI advocates have filed two petitions asking the WI Supreme Court to establish civil right to counsel rules and pilot projects.

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Texas court: failure to appoint counsel for parent was reversible error

09/10/2018

An appellate court held the failure to advise a parent of the right to counsel in a TPR case, and delayed appointment, required reversal.

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

09/01/2018

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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Report details dramatic effect of having counsel in Seattle evictions

09/01/2018

A new report by the Seattle Women's Commission has some powerful stats on how much a lawyer makes a difference in eviction cases.

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Louisiana court: child's right to counsel in adoptions is mandatory

08/23/2018

A Louisiana court held that a child's right to counsel in adoption cases is not subject to waiver and must be strictly enforced.

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Mississippi court: parent should've been appointed counsel in termination case

08/20/2018

A trial court found it erred when it failed to consider whether a parent was entitled to counsel in a termination of parental rights case.

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Complaints allege CA court violating Americans with Disabilities Act

08/16/2018

Complaints filed with the Sacramento County Superior Court allege violations of the ADA where counsel is not appointed in certain guardianships.

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Newark becomes third city to enact right to counsel for evictions

08/11/2018

In late 2018, Newark joined NYC and San Francisco in guaranteeing counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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ABA guidelines call for right to counsel in fees/fines cases

08/07/2018

The American Bar Association has adopted a set of principles on how fees/fines should be collected, and one advocates for a right to counsel.

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Wyo. Supreme Court upholds parents' right to counsel

07/30/2018

The Supreme Court of Wyoming held parents are entitled to appointed counsel in abuse/neglect cases even when not the subject of allegations.

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