All about Boulder's eviction right to counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
03/03/2022, Legislation, Housing - Evictions
UPDATE: initial data released for Boulder RTC
In late 2021, the City of Boulder released a report providing some results from the Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Services program (EPRAS). According to the report, 63% of EPRAS cases avoided eviction, which was a 26% increase. In essence, all tenants who appeared in court and were provided an attorney avoided eviction; only the no-show tenants were given an eviction order. You can also read more about the program.
On November 3, 2020, Boulder voters approved a ballot initiative establishing a right to counsel for tenants facing eviction, regardless of income. KUNC and Next City have more, and there's additional information on the No Eviction Without Representation (NEWR) webpage as well as on the ACLU website.
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes
The NCCRC has given input to advocates on the ballot language and cost estimates.