Washington State expands rule on counsel for litigants with disabilities to admin proceedings

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08/02/2017, Court Rule or Initiative, All Basic Human Needs

Washington State's Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), the central panel in charge of hearing cases for over 40 state agencies, is adopting a rule that will permit the appointment of counsel for people with disabilities (similar to GR-33, an existing Washington rule authorizing appointments in court proceedings as a reasonable accommodation).  The rule goes into effect on Jan 1, 2018.

 

OAH hears cases for the Department of Social and Health Services (public assistance and child support cases), Healthcare Authority (Medical assistance cases), Employment Security (UI cases), and the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instructions (special education cases), to name just a few of the agencies that serve clients who often have disabilities affecting their ability to represent themselves in hearings.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes

 

Nccrc_involvement_icon The NCCRC gave input on the draft rule.