Jersey City becomes 21st jurisdiction with tenant 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).
06/15/2023, Legislation, Housing - Evictions
In June 2023, the Jersey City Council approved an ordinance establishing a right to counsel for tenants. The law covers evictions, proceedings to terminate housing subsidies, proceedings related to violations of the maintenance code, and proceedings related to violations of rent control laws. The right to counsel is expected to cost roughly $4 million and will be funded via passage of a separate ordinance that collects fees on new development.
The ordinance was the result of a year-long campaign by the Coalition for Right to Counsel Jersey City, and the campaign was recently endorsed by Jersey City Together. In New Jersey dot com, an opinion piece from a New Jersey City resident urged the passage of right to counsel, calling it a “moral imperative” and saying, “Housing should not be a commodity to be traded and speculated on, but a basic human right. A right to counsel places us in the right direction.”
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
The NCCRC worked with the community campaign Right to Counsel JC.