Connecticut

This page provides a breakdown of all major developments and right to counsel law that the NCCRC knows for this state, sorted by subject area. Click on either tab below to see the aspect it describes.

Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Legislation

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Right to counsel

Connecticut statutes and court rule guarantee counsel for indigent parents in abuse/neglect proceedings, and allows appointment for the appeal.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

Legislation

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Connecticut extends right to counsel for children in child welfare cases

01/01/2011

The legislature enacted a bill for child protection cases requiring children to be appointed a separate child-directed attorney and a GAL.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Right to counsel

The court must appoint counsel for a minor in an abuse/neglect case, and can appoint counsel for the appeal.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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All Basic Human Needs

Legislation

Acting on CT legislative task force suggestions, new bills would provide new rights to counsel

01/20/2017

Newly-filed bills would implement the recommendations of the legislative Task Force to Improve Access to Counsel in Civil Matters.

 

Nccrc_involvement_icon NCCRC staff provided research support for the task force bill and advised members of the task force.

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Court Rule or Initiative

CT Chief Justice, State Bar President cite importance of civil right to counsel

01/11/2016

The incoming CT State Bar President and the CT Supreme Court Chief Justice say a civil right to counsel must be examined.

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Miscellaneous

NCCRC Coordinator appears on WNPR's "Where We Live" program

07/25/2017

NCCRC Coordinator John Pollock was on WNPR's "Where We Live" program to discuss the right to counsel in civil cases

 

Nccrc_involvement_icon NCCRC Coordinator John Pollock appeared in the program.

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Child Support Establishment

Litigation

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Right to counsel

A lower court held there is a right to counsel in child support determination hearings if paternity is established.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Child Support Enforcement (Civil Contempt)

Legislation

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Right to counsel

There is a right to counsel for indigent defendants in child support contempt cases if incarceration is a possibility.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Litigation

Right to counsel

A federal court and several CT state courts have found a right to counsel for indigent defendants in civil contempt proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

Legislation

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Right to counsel

A court must appoint counsel for an indigent respondent in civil commitment and placement proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Custody Disputes - Children

Legislation

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Discretionary appointment of counsel

A court may appoint counsel for the child in a dissolution proceeding.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Ward

Legislation

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Right to counsel

There is a right to counsel for indigent respondents in conservatorship proceedings, including the review proceedings, and some guardianships.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Incarceration for Fees/Fines (incomplete)

Litigation

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Right to counsel

Several CT state courts have found a right to counsel for indigent defendants in civil contempt proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Paternity - Defendant/Respondent

Legislation

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Right to counsel

Indigent putative fathers have a right to counsel in paternity proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Litigation

Right to counsel

The Connecticut Supreme Court held there is a right to counsel under the state and federal constitutions in state-initiated paternity cases.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Quarantine/Inoculation

Legislation

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Right to counsel - quarantine and vaccination

There is a right to counsel for indigent respondents in quarantine proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Sterilization

Legislation

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Right to counsel

There is a right to counsel for proceedings to determine consent to sterilization.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Children

Legislation

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Right to counsel

Children are entitled to appointment of counsel in adoption proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Right to counsel

Children may be appointed counsel in adoptions.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

Legislation

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Right to counsel

Minors have a right to counsel in termination of parental rights proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Birth Parents

Legislation

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Right to counsel

A Connecticut statute guarantees counsel for indigent parens in adoption proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents

Legislation

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Right to counsel

A Connecticut statute guarantees counsel for indigent parents in termination proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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