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.
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.
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.
Wisconsin case addresses right to counsel for confinement of pregnant women
A Wisconsin case raised the issue of right to counsel when pregnant women are civilly committed for alleged child endangerment.
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.
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.
Report: Turner's "procedural safeguards" have failed in South Carolina
A report studying the impact of Turner v. Rogers in the child support context has found that most indigent obligors are still incarcerated
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.
PA Supreme Court: children have right to counsel in termination proceedings
The PA Supreme Court held that children have a right to the appointment of client-directed counsel in termination proceedings.
ABA resolution calls for right to counsel in immigration cases
ABA Resolution 115, adopted at the 2017 ABA Annual conference, supports a right to counsel in immigration court.
Nevada Supreme Court case will decide right to counsel in child support cases
The Nevada Supreme Court will decide whether pro se parents have a right to counsel before being incarcerated for failing to pay child support.
Washington State creates, expands rule for appointment of counsel for litigants with disabilities
A court rule permits appointment of counsel for a person with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation. The rule applies to admin cases too.
NCCRC Coordinator appears on WNPR's "Where We Live" program
NCCRC Coordinator John Pollock was on WNPR's "Where We Live" program to discuss the right to counsel in civil cases.
UN report raises need for counsel in all detention cases
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.
D.C. Enacts Expanding Access To Justice Act Of 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.
New law permits appointment of counsel for child in arbitrated custody dispute
In a custody arbitration, the arbitrator may appoint counsel for the child at the expense of the parents.
Baltimore Sun turns focus to rise of civil right to counsel housing legislation
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.
New Louisiana law requires counsel for fines/fees cases
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.
Legislation (dead): debt collection proceedings
This bill would have, among other things, required appointment of counsel for contempt proceedings related to debt collection.
New NY law requires appointment of counsel for minors seeking to marry
A bill passed in 2017 requires a court to appoint counsel for a seventeen year old seeking judicial permission to marry.
Legislation: guardianships of adults with developmental disabilities
These NY bills would establish a right to counsel for adults with developmental disabilities in guardianship proceedings.
Nevada Legislature rewrites guardianship law to strengthen right to counsel
The Nevada Legislature strengthened the right to counsel for protected persons in guardianship cases in several ways.
NH Legislature moves to require counsel prior to fees/fines incarceration
The NH Legislature enacted a bill in 2017 that requires appointment of counsel prior to incarceration for failure to pay criminal fees/fines.
Minnesota passes bill strengthening child's right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases
A 2017 bill strengthened the right to appointed counsel for Minnesota children 10 and over in abuse/neglect cases.
Minnesota passes bill strengthening child's right to counsel in termination cases
A 2017 bill strengthened the right to appointed counsel for Minnesota children 10 and over in termination of parental rights cases.
New Nevada law guarantees counsel for children in abuse/neglect proceedings
A court must appoint counsel for a child in an abuse/neglect proceeding.