This page lists all of the most recent developments on civil right to counsel across the country. These could be newly created rights to counsel, significant publications, public events, advocacy efforts, or other things that don't fit into a neat category.
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Children in Oklahoma truancy proceedings (which are treated as a child in need of supervision offense) have a right to counsel.
Right to counsel
Indigent children in Rhode Island are entitled to counsel in truancy proceedings (which are treated as "wayward child" matters).
Right to counsel
Indigent children in South Dakota have a right to counsel upon request in truancy cases (which are treated as "child in need of supervision").
Legislation: private termination of parental rights
A bill would change the law to make appointment of counsel for indigent parents in private termination of parental rights mandatory.
ABA adopts NCCRC-authored resolution on right to counsel
A new ABA resolution, authored by the NCCRC, calls for a right to counsel whenever physical liberty is at stake.
Legislation: body attachments
A proposed bill would guarantee counsel when a body attachment to detain a tenant for failing to pay a money judgment to a landlord.
King County WA creates right to counsel for certain crime victim families
A King County WA ordinance enacted in 2018 provides a right to counsel for families of police violence victims at inquest proceedings.
Legislation: civil forfeiture
A bill would end civil forfeiture and require all forfeitures to occur as part of the criminal case, where the right to counsel would attach.
Florida constitutional amendment would have guaranteed counsel for dependent children
A proposed constitutional amendment would have guaranteed counsel for all Florida dependent children, but it did not make it out of committee.
Supreme Court of Ohio strengthens parental right to counsel
A new decision from the Supreme Court of Ohio creates a stronger standard for waiver of a parent's right to counsel in the termination context.
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Vermont bill would establish right to counsel for immigration matters
A bill would require the appointment of counsel for immigrants in various kinds of immigration proceedings.
Legislation: adult guardianship
A bill would require attorneys appointed for wards in guardianship proceedings to argue for the ward's stated interests.
New uniform law expands protections in adult guardianship proceedings
An updated uniform act improves the right to counsel for adult wards in guardianship proceedings.
MA trial court issues historic right to counsel decision
A Massachusetts trial court ordered the appointment of an attorney ad litem in a housing eviction case.
Legislation: higher education proceedings
This bill would require counsel for an indigent higher education student subject to disciplinary proceeding due to allegation of a crime.
Legislation: parents in dependency proceedings
Two bills would create a pilot project where parents in certain counties would have a right to counsel in dependency cases.
Acting on CT legislative task force suggestions, Legislature enacts DV representation pilot
A new DV representation pilot follows a recommendation of the legislative Task Force to Improve Access to Counsel in Civil Matters.
Legislation: San Francisco ballot initiative, ordinance would establish right to counsel in housing cases
A new ballot initiative and city ordinance would guarantee counsel for San Francisco tenants in eviction cases.
Immigration representation across country to expand, backed by report
A study found represented immigrants are 12 times more likely to avoid deportation. The study is tied to a project to expand representation.
City of Los Angeles explores housing right to counsel ordinance
The City of Los Angeles is exploring whether to enact an ordinance providing a right to counsel in housing court similar to New York City.
Wisconsin case addresses right to counsel for confinement of pregnant women
A Wisconsin case raises the issue of right to counsel when pregnant women are civilly committed for alleged child endangerment.
PA case challenges lack of right to counsel in fees/fines cases
A case in the Pennsylvania Superior Court will address a defendant's right to counsel prior to incarceration for failure to pay fees/fines.
NCCRC gives input to 2017 UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty
NCCRC collaborated on a report to a UN Rapporteur urging the recognition of a right to counsel in civil cases as a way of combatting poverty.
Kentucky court: parents have right to counsel in adoption proceedings
The Kentucky Court of Appeals held that parents have a statutory right to counsel in adoption actions.
Delaware Access to Justice Commission subcommittees call for right to counsel
A report by several subcommittees of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission urges recognition of a right to counsel for more civil cases.
Survey: Americans overwhelmingly support right to counsel in civil cases
A survey conducted by Voices for Civil Justice reveals that Americans strongly support a right to counsel in civil cases.
WA court says child should have been appointed counsel
A Washington Court of Appeals held that a trial court should have appointed counsel for a child in a dependency proceeding.
US Commission on Civil Rights calls for counsel in fees/fines cases
The US Commission on Civil Rights released a report regarding the need for counsel prior to incarceration for failure to pay fees/fines.
Conference of State Court Administrators urges counsel for all child welfare cases
COSCA has released a new child welfare policy urging all state courts to provide counsel for parents and children in child welfare cases.