On Tuesday, the Boston Bar Association announced plans to expand right to counsel in civil cases. This is in response to a study by the BBA’s Task Force on Civil Right to Counsel.
“Studies of courts and administrative agencies consistently show that indigent litigants without counsel routinely forfeit basic rights, not due to the facts of their case or the governing law, but due to absence of counsel. That violates even the most primitive concepts of fairness and decency,” said Task Force co-chair Mary K. Ryan, a partner at Nutter, McClennen & Fish.
To view the press release, visit http://www.bostonbar.org/prs/nr_0809/ExpRight2Councel090208.htm.
For a brief history of Right to Counsel, visit http://www.nlada.org/About/About_HistoryDefender.