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.
UNC Law School human rights report flags lack of right to counsel in civil cases
A new report by UNC Law School explains how lack of a civil right to counsel violates international human rights law.
Texas decriminalizes truancy, adds appointment of counsel provision
A law signed by the Texas governor on June 18 decriminalizes truancy and permits the court to appoint counsel for the child.
NY Legislature first to declare support for civil right to counsel principles
The NY Senate and House passed a concurrent resolution supporting the concept of universal representation in basic human needs civil cases.
Texas enacts law expanding right to counsel for parents
A Texas law enacted in 2015 provides for appointment of counsel for unknown/unlocatable parents and provides earlier notice to other parents.
Missouri debtor's prison case, including right to counsel claim, moves forward
A federal case alleging the City of Ferguson is jailing indigent debtors without a hearing or counsel has survived a motion to dismiss.
WA court orders appointment of counsel under ADA for admin proceeding
A WA trial court ordered ADA counsel to be appointed for a disabled litigant in a hearing before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.
Mississippi pilots show significant benefit of counsel in child welfare cases
A recent Mississippi study showed that parents benefit significantly when given access to legal counsel.
Other countries to U.S.: provide counsel in civil proceedings
During a periodic review of the U.S. by the U.N. Human Rights Council, countries urged the U.S. to provide counsel in certain civil cases.
Fed court: counsel must be appointed earlier in child welfare process
A federal court found that a South Dakota court's practice of not appointing counsel at 48-hour child removal hearings violated due process.
MA Supreme Court: parents have a right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases
The MA high court has said that the constitutional right to counsel applies to abuse/neglect cases.
ABA: all unaccompanied minors should get counsel
ABA Resolution 113 calls for the appointment of counsel for unaccompanied minors in all immigration proceedings.
Fed judge laments lack of right to counsel, recuses himself for helping pro se litigant
A federal judge felt he had to recuse himself after helping a pro se litigant, and pointed to the lack of a right to counsel as the problem.
Wisconsin advocates petition WI Supreme Court for right to counsel rules
WI advocates have filed two petitions asking the WI Supreme Court to establish civil right to counsel rules and pilot projects.
Montana parents have constitutional right to counsel in adoptions, says high court
The Supreme Court of Montana held the state's failure to provide counsel in private adoption cases violated the state's equal protection clause.
Two MD legislative commissions urge phased-in RTC in DV, and custody pilot
One Maryland legislative task force and one commission urge the state to adopt a phased-in right to counsel in DV cases and a custody pilot.
NY Times features NCCRC, nationwide push for civil right to counsel
The New York Times discussed the nationwide push for civil legal aid and highlighted the NCCRC as well as efforts by some of its participants.
Minnesota Supreme Court essay contest focuses on civil right to counsel
The Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society's 2014 essay contest for high school students was about civil right to counsel.
Alabama fed court settlement establishes RTC in ability-to-pay cases
A federal district court approved a settlement requiring counsel for indigent debtors at ability-to-pay hearings.
MA Report discusses those turned away for legal aid, and benefits of counsel
The BBA Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid's report discusses how many eligible clients are turned away and the economic benefits of counsel.
State supreme court justices talk civil right to counsel
At the LSC 40th Anniversary event, several state supreme court justices spoke favorably about the right to counsel in civil cases.
GA high court says some civil contempt cases might require counsel
In response to a class action, the Supreme Court of Georgia said there might be a right to counsel in some child support civil contempt cases.
Lack of right to counsel affects minorities, says treaty body
The international body that enforces the CERD treaty urged the U.S. to address the impact of a lack of a right to counsel on people of color.
WA Court of Appeals finds right to counsel for foster child
The WA Court of Appeals held that a trial court abused its discretion in not appointing counsel for a minor child in a dependency proceeding.
NJ appellate court extends right to counsel to civil contempt review proceedings
A New Jersey court found a right to appointed counsel in a hearing on whether a child support obligee should remain in prison for contempt.
Report finds right to counsel in immigration would pay for itself
A report commissioned by the NYC Bar finds that an immigration right to counsel would pay for itself.
Colorado court finds due process right to counsel in parental rights case
The Colorado Court of Appeals found a due process right to counsel for a father for a relinquishment of parental rights case.
San Francisco completes eviction representation pilot
As a followup to its passage of an ordinance relating to right to counsel, San Francisco completed a full representation program for evictions.
PA urged to take steps towards a civil right to counsel
A new report issued by the Civil Legal Justice Coalition to the PA State Senate Judiciary Committee urges PA to pursue a civil right to counsel.
Florida Legislature establishes right to counsel for certain dependent children
A new Florida law provides a right to counsel for particularly vulnerable children in dependency proceedings.
Florida legislature establishes right to counsel for certain dependent children
A new Florida law provides a right to counsel for particularly vulnerable children in termination proceedings.