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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Fed court: counsel must be appointed earlier in child welfare process

03/30/2015

A federal court found that a South Dakota court's practice of not appointing counsel at 48-hour child removal hearings violated due process.

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MA Supreme Court: parents have a right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases

02/10/2015

The MA high court has said that the constitutional right to counsel applies to abuse/neglect cases.

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ABA: all unaccompanied minors should get counsel

02/09/2015

ABA Resolution 113 calls for the appointment of counsel for unaccompanied minors in all immigration proceedings.

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Fed judge laments lack of right to counsel, recuses himself for helping pro se litigant

01/15/2015

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.

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Wisconsin advocates petition WI Supreme Court for right to counsel rules

12/05/2014

WI advocates have filed two petitions asking the WI Supreme Court to establish civil right to counsel rules and pilot projects.

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Montana parents have constitutional right to counsel in adoptions, says high court

12/02/2014

The Supreme Court of Montana held the state's failure to provide counsel in private adoption cases violated the state's equal protection clause.

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Two MD legislative commissions urge phased-in RTC in DV, and custody pilot

12/01/2014

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.

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NY Times features NCCRC, nationwide push for civil right to counsel

11/22/2014

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.

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Minnesota Supreme Court essay contest focuses on civil right to counsel

11/21/2014

The Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society's 2014 essay contest for high school students was about civil right to counsel.

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Alabama fed court settlement establishes RTC in ability-to-pay cases

11/17/2014

A federal district court approved a settlement requiring counsel for indigent debtors at ability-to-pay hearings.

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MA Report discusses those turned away for legal aid, and benefits of counsel

10/01/2014

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.

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State supreme court justices talk civil right to counsel

09/15/2014

At the LSC 40th Anniversary event, several state supreme court justices spoke favorably about the right to counsel in civil cases.

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GA high court says some civil contempt cases might require counsel

09/01/2014

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.

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Lack of right to counsel affects minorities, says treaty body

08/29/2014

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.

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WA Court of Appeals finds right to counsel for foster child

06/10/2014

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.

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NJ appellate court extends right to counsel to civil contempt review proceedings

06/01/2014

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.

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Report finds right to counsel in immigration would pay for itself

05/29/2014

A report commissioned by the NYC Bar finds that an immigration right to counsel would pay for itself.

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Colorado court finds due process right to counsel in parental rights case

05/22/2014

The Colorado Court of Appeals found a due process right to counsel for a father for a relinquishment of parental rights case.

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San Francisco completes eviction representation pilot

05/18/2014

As a followup to its passage of an ordinance relating to right to counsel, San Francisco completed a full representation program for evictions.

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PA urged to take steps towards a civil right to counsel

05/02/2014

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.

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Florida legislature establishes right to counsel for certain dependent children

04/30/2014

A new Florida law provides a right to counsel for particularly vulnerable children in termination proceedings.

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Florida Legislature establishes right to counsel for certain dependent children

04/30/2014

A new Florida law provides a right to counsel for particularly vulnerable children in dependency proceedings.

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U.S. hears from advocates on access to justice and CRTC

04/01/2014

An April 2014 meeting between U.S. representatives and access to justice advocates highlighted many issues, including civil right to counsel.

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U.N. Human Rights Committee urges U.S. to provide counsel for DV, immigration

03/27/2014

The U.N. Human Rights Committee gave recommendations to the U.S. as to the ICCPR treaty, and urged the provision of counsel in some cases.

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Indiana Supreme Court declares right to counsel for parents in abuse/neglect cases

03/13/2014

The Indiana Supreme Court clarified that parents have a statutory right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases, and failure to appoint is error.

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New York City holds hearings on providing counsel to immigrants

02/25/2014

The New York City Council's Committee on Immigration held public hearings on different models for providing counsel in immigration cases.

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Hawaii Supreme Court says parents have right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases

01/06/2014

The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that all parents have a constitutional right to counsel in abuse/neglect proceedings.

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Hawaii Supreme Court says parents have right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases

01/06/2014

The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that all parents have a constitutional right to counsel in abuse/neglect proceedings.

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Iowa Supreme Court says statutory limitations on adoption right to counsel are invalid

01/01/2014

The Iowa Supreme Court held that the legislature's limitation of the statutory right to counsel in adoptions did not conform with prior caselaw.

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Illinois legislation creates civil right to counsel pilots project

01/01/2014

The “Access to Justice Act”, enacted in 2013, creates a set of statewide pilot projects for the provision of counsel in civil cases.

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