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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Oklahoma strengthens rights for debtors in fees and fines matters

05/15/2023

Indigent civil contempt respondents have a right to counsel; a jail sentence may not be imposed unless criminal contempt defendant has counsel.

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Multnomah County RTC ballot initiative voted down

05/15/2023

A proposed ballot initiative that would have establish a right to counsel for Multnomah County tenants facing eviction was voted down.

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Georgia expands right to counsel to children in deprivation cases who are receiving extended care youth services

05/01/2023

Kids have a right to their own counsel due to a 2013 amendment. In 2023, the RTC was extended to kids receiving extended care youth services.

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Right to counsel - Extreme risk protection orders

04/20/2023

Extreme risk protection order respondents may have the right to counsel under certain circumstances.

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Mississippi expands child right to counsel in child welfare cases

04/19/2023

Minors in abuse/neglect proceedings have the right to an attorney and a GAL.

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Right to attorney ad litem

04/18/2023

Minor and adult adoptees in contested adoption matters have the right to a GAL, but it is unclear whether the GAL must be an attorney.

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New Mexico provides parents with counsel prior to the signing of a voluntary placement agreement

04/04/2023

A parent or guardian has the right to counsel before signing, and for the duration of, a voluntary placement agreement.

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New Mexico provides child with counsel for matters related to voluntary placement agreements

04/04/2023

When a child's parent or guardian signs a voluntary placement agreement, the child is entitled to an attorney ad litem.

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South Carolina bill would provide right to counsel for tenants

04/01/2023

A newly-introduced bill would guarantee counsel for indigent South Carolina tenants facing eviction.

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Cincinnati data flags troubling eviction stats, positive representation results

03/30/2023

Reports from Cincinnati flag the low number of represented tenants and high eviction rates, as well as the positive impact of representation.

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Right to counsel

03/28/2023

There is a right to an attorney in guardianship proceedings, but the attorney serves in an ad litem capacity.

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Discretionary appointment of attorney ad litem

03/28/2023

The court may appoint an attorney ad litem for children in certain proceedings regarding parenting time, custody, or visitation.

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Right to attorney ad litem

03/28/2023

Persons subject to guardianship have the right to an attorney ad litem where involuntary treatment with psychiatric medications is sought.

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Discretionary appoitnment of attorney ad litem

03/28/2023

Minors may be appointed an attorney ad litem in matters related to conservatorships or other protective orders.

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All about Milwaukee's universal tenant representation program

03/27/2023

Milwaukee County has passed a resolution in support of right to counsel and appropriated sufficient funding to make that happen.

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Guardianship right to counsel featured in Bloomberg

03/26/2023

A recent article from Bloomberg Law looks at flaws in state right to counsel laws, as well as the success of representation when provided.

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OH Court of Appeals strengthens parents’ right to counsel in termination of parental rights matters

03/25/2023

An Ohio appellate court held that trial courts cannot permit parents' attorneys to withdraw in TPR matters without a thorough waiver analysis.

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Discretionary appointment of counsel for child witnesses

03/23/2023

The court may appoint an attorney as a GAL for minors called as witnesses.

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Minnesota strengthens right to counsel for Indian custodians and parents of Indian children

03/16/2023

An indigent parent or parents or Indian custodians have the right to counsel in any state child placement matter.

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Minnesota passes bill strengthening right to counsel for Indian children

03/16/2023

Indian children in any state child placement proceeding have the right to counsel if they are 10 years of age or older.

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Right to guardian ad litem

03/09/2023

An adult subject of protective services proceeding has the right to a GAL, but it is unclear whether GAL must be an attorney.

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Right to Counsel

03/09/2023

Indigent parents and Indian custodians have the right to counsel in termination proceedings concerning Indian children.

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Wyoming enacts the Wyoming Indian Child Welfare Act

03/09/2023

Indian children may be appointed counsel in termination proceedings.

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Illinois introduces eviction right to counsel bills

02/17/2023

In 2023, the Illinois legislature introduced a few different bills that would provide for the appointment of counsel in eviction matters.

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Massachusetts considers tenant right to counsel

02/12/2023

Bills have been filed to create a statewide right to counsel in eviction cases, and a statewide coalition has been launched to support them.

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All about Toledo's right to counsel for tenants facing eviction

02/10/2023

The City of Toledo has enacted legislation to guarantee counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction.

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Kansas legislature introduces a bill to reform forfeiture

02/09/2023

A 2023 bill would abolish pre-conviction forfeiture and provide the right to counsel to indigent defendants in criminal forfeiture matters.

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All about Louisville's eviction right to counsel

02/03/2023

Louisville is first the Southern city to enact an eviction right to counsel.

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White House version of Tenant Bill of Rights includes right to counsel

01/27/2023

The recently-released White House Blueprint for a Renters Bill of Rights urges states to give tenants a right to counsel.

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All about the children's right to counsel in PA TPR cases

01/14/2023

Children have a right to client-directed counsel in termination of parental rights cases, although the child's GAL can sometimes play this role.

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