Santa Monica explores eviction right to counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
04/10/2021, Legislation, Housing - Evictions
In December 2019, the Santa Monica (California) City Council passed an ordinance stating the City's intention to enact a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction. The Santa Monica Daily Press has more.
Then, in April 2021, the City announced the creation of a right to counsel pilot program.
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes