The ABA Directory of Law Governing

Appointment of Counsel in State Civil Proceedings





to download your state’s report!


Developed by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants in conjunction with the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, this resource provides comprehensive guidance regarding when state court judges must, can, and cannot appoint counsel for poor people in various types of civil cases. A customized report is provided for each state, organized by subject area and providing the relevant case, court rule, or statutory language.


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