AZ bill would have provided counsel to individuals in matters related to child abuse registry

02/01/2024, Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Arizona SB 1664 would have provided a right to counsel to persons against whom an allegation of child abuse or neglect has been substantiated in matters related to adding the individual to the child abuse registry.  As introduced, the bill provided, "At each hearing, the court shall ensure that the person against whom the petition is filed has been advised of ... [t]he right to counsel, including appointed counsel if the person is indigent."


Unfortunately, the right to counsel provision and other due process protections were removed by the Senate prior to enactment. 



The NCCRC submitted testimony in support of the bill.