Maryland is second state with 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).
04/05/2022, Legislation, Housing - Evictions
UPDATE: Maryland right to counsel funded
Maryland's General Assembly has enacted SB 662 and HB 571 / SB 279, which provide $14 million funding for the right to counsel through 2024 as well as set up an Eviction Defense Fund. The Daily Record has more.
UPDATE: Report issued from statewide task force
The Access to Counsel in Evictions Task Force, which was established by the Maryland General Assembly, has released a report regarding funding and implementation of the statewide right to counsel enacted in 2021.
UPDATE: bill has become law!
On the last day of the legslative session, HB 18 made it through the Maryland House and Senate, and on May 28 the bill became law. The Appeal has more.
Following up on Baltimore's passage of an eviction rgith to counsel, a group of MD lawmakers introduced a legislative package that includes a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction (HB 18 / SB 154). The House bill has made it out of committee. Media coverage can be found in the Maryland Daily Record, WYPR, Delmarva Now, WBAL TV, and DCist.
Relatedly, the Maryand Attorney General's Access to Justice Task Force released a report recommending a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.
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: no
The NCCRC helped shape the bill language and is part of the statewide coalition of advocates.