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Right to counsel in civil cases?

The right to counsel is one of the most established tenets of criminal law. But a recent U.S. Supreme Court case could lead more trial courts to find a right to counsel in civil cases where litigants face the potential loss of liberty or other rights, and procedural protections are lacking.

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RIGHT TO COUNSEL

An indigent father’s constitutional rights were violated when he was imprisoned for failing to pay his child support obligation without first being provided counsel or afforded other procedural safeguards.

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Court finds right to counsel didn’t attach

The right to counsel did not attach when an attorney represented the defendant on an unrelated charge but did not state he would represent him on a murder charge, New York’s highest court has ruled.

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RIGHT TO COUNSEL

Does the Sixth Amendment afford relief when a state habeas petitioner has rejected a favorable plea bargain because of deficient advice from counsel, even though he was later convicted and sentenced pursuant to a fair trial? See “Justices to address ...

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RIGHT TO COUNSEL

Does an indigent defendant have a constitutional right to appointed counsel at a civil contempt proceeding that may result in his incarceration?

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