Colorado

This page provides a breakdown of all major developments and right to counsel law that the NCCRC knows for this state, sorted by subject area. Click on either tab below to see the aspect it describes.

Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Legislation

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Right to counsel

A statute requires appointment of counsel for indigent respondent parents in abuse/neglect cases.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Right to counsel

A statute requires counsel for indigent parents for all stages of dependency proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

Legislation

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Right to counsel

A court must appoint a GAL who is an attorney for a child in an abuse/neglect proceeding.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor

Legislation

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Discretionary appointment of counsel

A court may appoint counsel for a minor seeking to waive the parental notification requirement for abortion.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

Legislation

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Right to counsel

There is a right to counsel for indigent persons committed for 72 hours or for alcohol treatment.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Child Support Enforcement

Litigation

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Right to counsel

An intermediate court found a right to counsel for indigent litigants in civil contempt proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Custody Disputes - Children

Legislation

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Discretionary appointment of counsel

A court may appoint counsel for children in custody proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Ward

Legislation

Colorado expands appointment of counsel to later guardianship proceedings

06/10/2016

A 2016 law authorizes a court to appoint counsel post-imposition of a guardianship/conservatorship if the court determines the ward needs it.

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Right to counsel

Colorado statutes guarantee counsel for the proposed ward in guardianship establishment and termination.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Housing - Discrimination

Legislation

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Discretionary appointment of counsel

A court may appoint counsel for either side in a housing discrimination case, if indigent.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Incarceration for fees/fines (incomplete)

Litigation

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Right to counsel

An intermediate court found a right to counsel for indigent litigants in civil contempt proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Involuntary Medical Treatment

Legislation

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Right to counsel

There is a right to counsel for an an indigent, involuntarily-committed patient over nonconsensual antipsychotic medication treatment.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Quarantine/Sterilization/Innoculation

Legislation

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Right to counsel - Sterilization

There is a statutory right to counsel for sterilization of developmentally disabled persons.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

Legislation

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Right to counsel

Children in termination of parental rights proceedings must be appointed a GAL who is an attorney.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Birth Parents

Litigation

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Colorado court finds due process right to counsel in parental rights case

05/22/2014

The CO Court of Appeals found a due process right to counsel for a father for a relinquishment of parental rights case started by the mother.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes

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Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Parents

Legislation

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Right to counsel

A statute requires the appointment of counsel for indigent parents in termination of parental rights proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Other Subject Areas

Legislation

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Discretionary appointment of counsel - traffic court

Counsel may be appointed for an indigent party in a traffic court proceeding.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Discretionary appointment of counsel - education

A court may appoint counsel for children in School Attendance Law cases.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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