Right to counsel

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Litigation, Sexually Dangerous Persons - Registration/Notification

In Doe v. Poritz, 662 A.2d 367 (N.J. 1995), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that prior to notifying the community about a registered sex offender and determining the offender's tier for registration, the offender is entitled to a hearing and must be appointed counsel if indigent.  The court relied on the privacy and reputational interests at stake to hold that procedural due process required the protections of a hearing and counsel.  

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no