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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NY civil legal aid hearings invoke right to counsel

01/01/2013

At hearings convened by NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, advocates testified about the justice gap and civil right to counsel.

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Georgia Legislature establishes right to independent counsel for children in deprivation cases

01/01/2013

Children have a right to their own counsel in deprivation proceedings, thanks to a 2013 amendment to the code.

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Constitution requires counsel for children in adoptions, MA high court rules

11/16/2012

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts found a state due process right to counsel for children in private adoption cases.

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Kansas Supreme Court recognizes right to counsel in sex offender commitment cases

08/17/2012

The Kansas Supreme Court has said there is a right to counsel in sexually violent predator commitment proceedings.

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Model Code for Education includes right to counsel

08/01/2012

The 2012 version of the Model Code on Education and Dignity contains significant right to counsel provisions.

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Constitution requires counsel for parents in adoptions, MA high court rules

01/03/2012

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts found a state due process right to counsel for indigent parents in private adoption cases.

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San Francisco enacts ordinance declaring intent to become first "right to civil counsel city"

01/01/2012

The San Francisco Council passed an ordinance declaring an intent to become the first "right to civil counsel city".

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ABA Adopts Model Act on Child's Right to Counsel

01/01/2012

In 2011, the ABA endorsed the Model Act for Children in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings, which covers right to counsel.

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MA completes comprehensive housing pilots, starts another round

01/01/2012

A set of housing right to counsel pilots were completed in Massachusetts in 2012, and another round started in 2013.

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Ohio Supreme Court extends right to counsel to guardianship review cases

01/01/2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that as a matter of statutory construction, there is a right to counsel in reviews of existing guardianships.

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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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