ICCPR Shadow Report: Access to Counsel in Civil Cases

Access to Justice: Ensuring Meaningful Access to Counsel in Civil Cases

Because a categorical right to counsel in civil cases is not recognized under the federal Constitution, millions of poor and low-income people in the United States are unable to obtain legal representation in facing a crisis such as eviction, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, termination of subsistence income or medical assistance or loss of child custody. The failure to ensure a right to counsel in civil cases contravenes the United States’ obligations to provide meaningful access to justice and protect the rights of racial minorities, low-income individuals, women, and migrants.

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Columbia Law School's Human Rights Clinic & Coalition
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ICCPR, Shadow Reports, access to counsel, civil cases