Legislation: timing of appointed counsel for parents

02/21/2017, Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

SB 1061 would clarify the Hawaii Supreme Court's ruling in In re T.M.which established a right to counsel for parents in abuse/neglect proceedings but left it unclear as to whether counsel is appointed before after the petition is initially filed, by specifying that counsel is appointed immediately after the petition is filed.


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NCCRC has worked with the bill sponsor on drafting.