Major developments

 

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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All about the tenant right to counsel in Kansas City

12/27/2023

Kansas City has enacted an ordinance guaranteeing counsel for all tenants facing eviction regardless of income.

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PA joins majority of states in establishing RTC for guardianships

12/14/2023

There is a right to client-directed counsel in guardianship establishment, modification, and termination proceedings, regardless of ability to pay.

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All about Philadelphia's eviction right to counsel

12/04/2023

The Philadelphia City Council has enacted a right to counsel for tenants.

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Federal funding for tenant rep / right to counsel

11/01/2023

An increasing number of legal services programs have tapped a number of different federal funding pots to expand tenant representation.

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All about Houston's right to counsel pilot programs

10/30/2023

A project provides all tenants counsel in certain Houston housing courts.

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U.S. rank on access to civil justice in Rule of Law Index: 116th out of 142 countries

10/25/2023

The 2022 World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index ranked the U.S. 116th in the world on access to civil justice.

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U.S. gets "C-" on access to counsel in housing cases

10/16/2023

The latest Human Rights Report Card from the National Homelessness Law Center gives the United States a "C-" on security of housing tenure.

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All about the eviction right to counsel efforts in Los Angeles

10/11/2023

Los Angeles City and County are moving towards enacting laws providing a right to counsel in housing court.

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St. Pete weighs right to counsel for tenants facing eviction

10/03/2023

The City of St. Pete is considering providing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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Right to counsel

09/15/2023

There is a RTC for either party in a DV proceeding under Article 8, including for appeal, and for certain minor respondents in juvenile court.

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No such proceeding

09/11/2023

Previously, there was a qualified right to counsel in sterilization proceedings. But the legislature repealed the provisions in 2023.

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Colorado court reverses denial of counsel in contempt case

07/13/2023

The appellate court overturned a contempt order where the respondent was unrepresented and the trial court failed to analyze his ability to pay.

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St. Louis is 22nd right to counsel jurisdiction

07/07/2023

St. Louis has enacted a right to counsel for all tenants facing eviction.

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Right to counsel

06/26/2023

Connecticut statutes and court rule guarantee counsel for indigent parents in abuse/neglect proceedings, and allows appointment for the appeal.

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Right to counsel

06/26/2023

A Connecticut statute guarantees counsel for indigent parents in termination proceedings who appear without counsel.

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Right to counsel

06/26/2023

The court must appoint counsel for a minor in an abuse/neglect case, and can appoint counsel for the appeal.

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Right to counsel

06/26/2023

Minors have a right to counsel in termination of parental rights proceedings.

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Right to counsel

06/18/2023

The court must appoint an attorney ad litem for the subject of a guardianship proceeding.

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Delaware takes major step towards tenant right to counsel

06/16/2023

Delaware's new law entitles tenants to counsel in certain housing matters, but subject to qualifications that fall short of a full right.

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Jersey City becomes 21st jurisdiction with tenant right to counsel

06/15/2023

Following a push from the North New Jersey DSA, Jersey City has adopted a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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Nevada guarantees counsel for Indian children

06/13/2023

The court must appoint counsel to represent an Indian child in an abuse/neglect matter where custody is at issue.

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LA provides discretionary appt of counsel for children in some private TPR matters

06/09/2023

In TPR matters brought based on commission of a sex offense resulting in conception of the child, the court may appoint counsel.

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Nevada guarantees / strengthens counsel for children in abuse/neglect proceedings

06/06/2023

A court must appoint counsel for a child in an abuse/neglect proceeding.

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Discretionary appointment of counsel

06/06/2023

A court may appoint counsel for accused parents and must appoint counsel where protective custody of Indian child is sought.

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Colorado enacts RTC for parents in due process appeals where the parent prevailed below

05/25/2023

Parents of students with a disability have the right to counsel in due process appeals where they prevailed below.

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Montana guarantees child-directed counsel for children

05/19/2023

A court must appoint counsel for a child in an abuse/neglect proceeding.

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Montana guarantees child-directed counsel for children

05/19/2023

A court must appoint counsel for a child in a termination of parental rights proceeding and may assign counsel for appeals.

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Minnesota creates limited statewide tenant right to counsel

05/19/2023

A bill enacted in 2023 provides a right to counsel for public housing tenants threatened with eviction for an alleged breach of lease.

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Westchester County NY is first county with tenant right to counsel

05/19/2023

In May 2023, Westchester County NY became the first county, and 19th jurisdiction, to provide a right to counsel for tenants.

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Right to attorney ad litem for certain payees

05/16/2023

The court must appoint an attorney GAL for payees who are minors or appear to "suffer from a mental or cognitive impairment."

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