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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Maryland AG creates access to justice task force, flags right to counsel


Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced the creation of an access to justice task force and that right to counsel would be considered.

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Iowa pilot will allow early appointment of counsel for parents


A bill passed in 2020 will allow the public defender to appoint counsel for parents prior to formal dependency proceedings.

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Study: COVID-19, housing instability, and right to counsel


A new study explains how COVID-19, the public health crisis, evictions, and the right to counsel are connected.

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The NCCRC's statement on the murder of George Floyd and the protests


A statement from the NCCRC regarding the murder of George Floyd, the protests, and the connection to housing justice.

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Report finds racial disparity in evictions, calls for right to counsel


A report finds the majority of MA evictions suspended during COVID-19 are in communities of color, and calls for a right to counsel.

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Report: Baltimore/MD would save $36 million w/tenant right to counsel


A report by a financial analysis company concludes Baltimore and Maryland would save a combined $36 million with a right to counsel for tenants.

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MD court sends right to counsel case back down


A case about a right to counsel for a protected person to challenge an existing guardianship was sent back to the trial court.

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Civil right to counsel resolution introduced in Congress


U.S. House Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and 14 cosponsors introduced a resolution to provide a right to counsel in civil cases.

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Michigan report calls for eviction right to counsel


A Michigan report outlines the state's high eviction filing rate as well as the representational imbalance between tenants and landlords.

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Delaware report flags low tenant rep rate, need for counsel


A University of Delaware report flags the low rate of tenant representation and the small dollars involved in some eviction actions.

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Right to Counsel


There is a right to counsel for a person diagnosed as "affected with a communicable disease" who has been detained and petitions for discharge.

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About the right to counsel in quarantine/isolation cases


The NCCRC status map now includes full information about the right to counsel when subject to quarantine or isolation.

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U.S. rank on access to civil justice in Rule of Law Index drops to 108th out of 128 countries


The 2019 World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index ranked the U.S. 108th in the world on access to civil justice.

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PA appellate court: right to counsel attaches where incarceration is threatened


A PA appellate court broadly held that the right to counsel attaches when incarceration is threatened in civil matters.

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PA Superior Court: right to appointed counsel where there is a likelihood of imprisonment for failure to pay cost


The PA Superior Court held that counsel must be appointed where there is a likelihood of imprisonment for contempt over failure to pay a cost.

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Bill would amend standards for appointing civil counsel in federal court


New federal legislation would address flaws in the statute governing discretionary appointment of counsel in federal civil cases.

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More federal bills would fund cities/states pursuing right to counsel


Bills filed in the U.S. House and Senate would fund cities/states expanding eviction defense and prioritize those with a right to counsel.

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ICWA, right to counsel apply to private guardianships, says Nebraska high court


The Supreme Court of Nebraska held= the Indian Child Welfare Act and its right to counsel provisions appliy to private guardianship disputes.

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DC court extends child's right to counsel


The D.C. Court of Appeals held delinquent children have a right to counsel in proceedings run by the Dept' of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

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Webinar tackles funding and race issues in eviction right to counsel


A Shriver Center webinar tackled the question of the race equity implications of an eviction right to counsel, as well as funding questions.

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NY bill would guarantee counsel in all immigration removal cases


A statewide bill in NY would provide a right to counsel for both detained and non-detained immigrants in removal proceedings.

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Wall Street Journal profiles growing eviction right to counsel movement


The Wall Street Journal took a look at how cities are adopting an eviction right to counsel as a way of combating rising rents.

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Texas Supreme Court: parent not advised of right to counsel


The Supreme Court of Texas reversed a termination of parental rights because a parent was not advised of her right to appointed counsel.

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MA appellate court: counsel might be needed for evicted children


The MA Court of Appeals remanded a case to determine whether children in an eviction case needed representation separate from their mother.

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U.S. Rep DeLauro introduces housing representation bill


A bill by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would expand housing representation and encourage state/local governments to provide a right to counsel.

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All about Detroit's exploration of an eviction right to counsel


Detroit has taken several steps to explore a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction.

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Financial advisory company focuses on right to counsel


Stout, a financial analysis company that has produced right to counsel cost/benefit reports, has new articles on the right to counsel movement.

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Center for American Progress issue brief supports tenant right to conusel


A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress explains the importance of providing a right to counsel for tenants.

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PA report calls for immigration right to counsel


A new report out of Pennsylvania finds that few are represented in immigration court and calls for counsel to be provided by the state.

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Ocasio-Cortez introduces housing right to counsel bill


A bill by U.S. House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would fund states establishing or pursuing a right to counsel in eviction cases.

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