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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Florida constitutional amendment would have guaranteed counsel for dependent children

01/20/2018

A proposed constitutional amendment would have guaranteed counsel for all Florida dependent children, but it did not make it out of committee.

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Supreme Court of Ohio strengthens parental right to counsel

01/04/2018

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

01/03/2018

A bill would require the appointment of counsel for immigrants in various kinds of immigration proceedings.

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New uniform law expands protections in adult guardianship proceedings

12/18/2017

An updated uniform act improves the right to counsel for adult wards in guardianship proceedings.

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MA trial court issues historic right to counsel decision

12/17/2017

A Massachusetts trial court ordered the appointment of an attorney ad litem in a housing eviction case.

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Legislation: higher education proceedings

12/14/2017

This bill would require counsel for an indigent higher education student subject to disciplinary proceeding due to allegation of a crime.

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Legislation: parents in dependency proceedings

12/03/2017

Two bills would create a pilot project where parents in certain counties would have a right to counsel in dependency cases.

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Immigration representation across country to expand, backed by report

11/14/2017

A study found represented immigrants are 12 times more likely to avoid deportation. The study is tied to a project to expand representation.

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Wisconsin case addresses right to counsel for confinement of pregnant women

10/26/2017

A Wisconsin case raises the issue of right to counsel when pregnant women are civilly committed for alleged child endangerment.

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NCCRC gives input to 2017 UN Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

10/03/2017

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.

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Delaware Access to Justice Commission subcommittees call for right to counsel

09/18/2017

A report by several subcommittees of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission urges recognition of a right to counsel for more civil cases.

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Survey: Americans overwhelmingly support right to counsel in civil cases

09/12/2017

A survey conducted by Voices for Civil Justice reveals that Americans strongly support a right to counsel in civil cases.

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WA court says child should have been appointed counsel

09/11/2017

A Washington Court of Appeals held that a trial court should have appointed counsel for a child in a dependency proceeding.

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US Commission on Civil Rights calls for counsel in fees/fines cases

09/01/2017

The US Commission on Civil Rights released a report regarding the need for counsel prior to incarceration for failure to pay fees/fines.

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Conference of State Court Administrators urges counsel for all child welfare cases

08/31/2017

COSCA has released a new child welfare policy urging all state courts to provide counsel for parents and children in child welfare cases.

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PA Supreme Court: children have right to counsel in termination proceedings

08/23/2017

The PA Supreme Court held that children have a right to the appointment of client-directed counsel in termination proceedings.

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ABA resolution calls for right to counsel in immigration cases

08/14/2017

ABA Resolution 115, adopted at the 2017 ABA Annual conference, supports a right to counsel in immigration court.

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Nevada Supreme Court case will decide right to counsel in child support cases

08/03/2017

The Nevada Supreme Court will decide whether pro se parents have a right to counsel before being incarcerated for failing to pay child support.

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Washington State creates, expands rule for appointment of counsel for litigants with disabilities

08/02/2017

A court rule permits appointment of counsel for a person with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation. The rule applies to admin cases too.

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New York State to provide counsel for all detained immigrants facing deportation

08/01/2017

In a groundbreaking step, New York State will be providing counsel to all detained immigrants facing removal.

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All about California's Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel pilot projects

07/28/2017

In 2009, California enacted the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which created right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 made them permanent.

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All about California's Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel pilot projects

07/28/2017

In 2009, California enacted the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, which created right to counsel pilots, and in 2016 made them permanent.

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NCCRC Coordinator appears on WNPR's "Where We Live" program

07/25/2017

NCCRC Coordinator John Pollock was on WNPR's "Where We Live" program to discuss the right to counsel in civil cases.

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UN report raises need for counsel in all detention cases

07/17/2017

A report by the UN Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention discussed the need for counsel whenever a person faces any kind of detention.

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D.C. Enacts Expanding Access To Justice Act Of 2017

07/12/2017

The D.C. Council has appropriated $4.5 million for housing eviction defense with an eye towards a right to counsel in housing cases.

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New law permits appointment of counsel for child in arbitrated custody dispute

07/11/2017

In a custody arbitration, the arbitrator may appoint counsel for the child at the expense of the parents.

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Baltimore Sun turns focus to rise of civil right to counsel housing legislation

07/01/2017

An article in the Baltimore Sun looked at bills filed at the city level in NYC, Washington D.C., and elsewhere to provide counsel for tenants.

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New Louisiana law requires counsel for fines/fees cases

06/21/2017

A bill passed in 2017 requires the court to appoint counsel when a defendant is held in contempt for failure to comply with a repayment plan.

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Legislation (dead): debt collection proceedings

06/21/2017

This bill would have, among other things, required appointment of counsel for contempt proceedings related to debt collection.

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New NY law requires appointment of counsel for minors seeking to marry

06/20/2017

A bill passed in 2017 requires a court to appoint counsel for a seventeen year old seeking judicial permission to marry.

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