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

10/19/2017, Litigation, Incarceration for Fees/Fines (incomplete)

Commonwealth v. Diaz, a case pending in the Pennslvania Superior Court, involves a defendant who was incarcerated for failure to pay criminal fees/fines without a proper inquiry into whether he could pay.  The NCCRC's amicus brief argues that there is a national consensus as to providing counsel prior to incarceration regardless of whether the proceeding is criminal or civil.

 

Nccrc_involvement_icon NCCRC filed an amicus brief and consulted on the merits briefing.