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 legislation creates 5-year civil right to counsel pilots project
The 2013 “Access to Justice Act” creates a set of statewide pilot projects (likely to focus on housing) on providing counsel in civil cases.
Iowa Supreme Court says statutory limitations on right to counsel are invalid
The Iowa Supreme Court held that the legislature's limitation of the statutory right to counsel in adoptions did not conform with prior caselaw.
Despite strong dissent, NJ Supreme Court avoids ruling on RTC in DV cases
The New Jersey Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the NJ Court of Appeals regarding the right to counsel in DV cases.
Tennessee Bar Civil Right to Counsel Event Gets AP Coverage
The AP covered a civil right to counsel event by the TN Bar and Legal Aid of West TN held on Friday, Nov. 22.
MD high court reaffirms right to counsel in civil contempt cases
The Court of Appeals of Maryland has indirectly reaffirmed that people facing incarceration for civil contempt still have a right to counsel.
South Carolina court extends statutory right to counsel to private TPR cases
The SC Supreme Court held that S.C. Code § 63–7–2560 does not distinguish between public and private termination cases, so it applies to both.
Indiana court allows appointment in small claims case
Indiana Court of Appeals said a trial court's appointment of counsel in small claims case was not improper.
NY Chief Judge calls for counsel in all foreclosure cases
NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has said he wants there to be an attorney in every foreclosure case in the state.
Detainees with mental disabilities have right to assistance, says federal court; deportees may return
A federal district court held that detainees with mental disabilities have the right to assistance in their immigration removal cases.
Pennsylvania hearings on civil legal aid discuss right to counsel
The PA Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings in 2013 about the civil legal justice gap, and many people testified about a right to counsel.
NY civil legal aid hearings invoke right to counsel
At hearings convened by NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, advocates testified about the justice gap and civil right to counsel.
Georgia Legislature establishes right to independent counsel for children in deprivation cases
Children have a right to their own counsel in deprivation proceedings, thanks to a 2013 amendment to the code.
Constitution requires counsel for children in adoptions, MA high court rules
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts found a state due process right to counsel for children in private adoption cases.
Kansas Supreme Court recognizes right to counsel in sex offender commitment cases
The Kansas Supreme Court has said there is a right to counsel in sexually violent predator commitment proceedings.
Model Code for Education includes right to counsel
The 2012 version of the Model Code on Education and Dignity contains significant right to counsel provisions.
Constitution requires counsel for parents in adoptions, MA high court rules
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts found a state due process right to counsel for indigent parents in private adoption cases.
San Francisco enacts ordinance declaring intent to become first "right to civil counsel city"
The San Francisco Council passed an ordinance declaring an intent to become the first "right to civil counsel city".
ABA Adopts Model Act on Child's Right to Counsel
In 2011, the ABA endorsed the Model Act for Children in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings, which covers right to counsel.
MA completes comprehensive housing pilots
A set of housing right to counsel pilots were completed in Massachusetts in 2012 and 2013.
Ohio Supreme Court extends right to counsel to guardianship review cases
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that as a matter of statutory construction, there is a right to counsel in reviews of existing guardianships.
Maryland Access to Justice Commission Releases RTC Implementation Report
The ATJC's report described how new rights to counsel might be implemented in MD, and put a price tag on such an implementation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.