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.
Illinois adds counsel for involuntary sterilization proceedings
A new Illinois law provides a right to counsel where the state proposes to sterilize a ward of the state.
Michigan Supreme Court clarifies right to counsel for adults
The Michigan Supreme Court clarified that the right to counsel for parents in child protective proceedings includes the preliminary hearing.
Connecticut extends right to counsel for children in child welfare cases
The legislature enacted a bill for child protection cases requiring children to be appointed a separate child-directed attorney and a GAL.
Trial courts have inherent power to appoint counsel, says Supreme Court of Montana
The Montana Supreme Court sent a reminder to trial courts that they have the inherent power to appoint counsel in any civil case.
Sex offenders have right to counsel in treatment challenges, Kansas court says
The KS Court of Appeals held it violates due process and equal protection to deny counsel to confined sex offenders challenging their treatment.
WA Legislature tweaks appointment of counsel for children
A bill passed in 2010 requires children 12 years and older to be informed of their right to request counsel in dependency cases.
ABA releases Model Act and Basic Principles for civil right to counsel
In 2010, the ABA released the Model Access Act and Basic Principles of a Right to Counsel in Civil Legal Proceedings.
Minors in DV cases should get counsel, New Jersey court says
A lower New Jersey court held that a minor plaintiff in a DV restraining order case should have the benefit of counsel.
Right to counsel of terminations extends to appeals, Indiana Supreme Court says
The Indiana Supreme Court held the statutory right to counsel for parents in terminations of parental rights cases extends to appeals.
Michigan Supreme Court dodges case on right to counsel in termination cases
The Michigan Supreme Court declined to review a case where the trial court failed to appoint counsel for a parent in a termination case.
Massachusetts establishes right to counsel in adult guardianship proceedings
In 2009, the new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code established a right to counsel upon request in adult guardianship/conservatorship cases.
Tennessee legislature extends right to counsel for parents to adoption proceedings
The Tennessee legislature amended the code to extend the right to counsel to parents in adoption proceedings.
Federal court rules Georgia children have right to counsel in deprivation cases
A federal court found that the Georgia Constitution required counsel for children in deprivation cases.
MD high court avoids question of right to counsel in custody cases
The Maryland Court of appeals narrowly avoided addressing whether parents have a right to counsel in custody cases.