Utah becomes 27th state to guarantee counsel for parents in private termination cases

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03/20/2018, Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Birth Parents

Utah Code § 80-4-106(2)(a) states, "The parties shall be advised of the parties' right to counsel, including the appointment of counsel for a parent or legal guardian facing any action initiated by a private party under this chapter or under Section 78B-6-112 for termination of parental rights."

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no



The NCCRC submitted supportive testimony as the bill made it through the legislative process.