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 Access to Justice Commission Releases RTC Implementation Report

06/03/2011

The ATJC's report described how new rights to counsel might be implemented in MD, and put a price tag on such an implementation.

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Michigan Supreme Court clarifies right to counsel for adults

01/01/2011

The Michigan Supreme Court clarified that the right to counsel for parents in child protective proceedings includes the preliminary hearing.

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Trial courts have inherent power to appoint counsel, says Supreme Court of Montana

01/01/2011

The Montana Supreme Court sent a reminder to trial courts that they have the inherent power to appoint counsel in any civil case.

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ABA releases Model Act and Basic Principles for civil right to counsel

01/01/2010

In 2010, the ABA released the Model Access Act and Basic Principles of a Right to Counsel in Civil Legal Proceedings.

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Right to counsel of terminations extends to appeals, Indiana Supreme Court says

01/01/2010

The Indiana Supreme Court held the statutory right to counsel for parents in terminations of parental rights cases extends to appeals.

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Michigan Supreme Court dodges case on right to counsel in termination cases

03/12/2009

The Michigan Supreme Court declined to review a case where the trial court failed to appoint counsel for a parent in a termination case.

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Tennessee legislature extends right to counsel for parents to adoption proceedings

01/01/2009

The Tennessee legislature amended the code to extend the right to counsel to parents in adoption proceedings.

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Federal court rules Georgia children have right to counsel in deprivation cases

01/01/2005

A federal court found that the Georgia Constitution required counsel for children in deprivation cases.

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MD high court avoids question of right to counsel in custody cases

03/04/2002

The Maryland Court of appeals narrowly avoided addressing whether parents have a right to counsel in custody cases.

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