Civil Right to Counsel (Civil Gideon)


This Book will have to be organized as we gather information.  Right now I've noticed we have a lot of "civil Gideon" information kind of spread around MDJustice, and I thought it might be helpful to gather it in one place.  We'll see.  It is not in any particular order yet.

The Maryland Access to Justice Commission

ABA Draft Resolutions Regarding the Civil Right to Counsel

On the following subpages:

From the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, draft proposals concerning the civil right to counsel.

Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland


Anticipating a day when a right to counsel in civil matters involving basic human needs may be recognized in Maryland, the state’s Access to Justice Commission rolled up its sleeves and created a working framework for the implementation of such a right. Civil legal services providers and other Maryland stakeholders participated in developing the framework, which builds on the existing legal services delivery system. Among other resources, the Commission relied on the   In the same report, the Maryland Commission also began the process of estimating the cost of providing counsel throughout the state in basic human needs cases, relying on data from the courts, legal services providers, self-help clinics, and other resources.

Maryland Access to Justice Commission - 2010 Annual Report


The 2010 Annual Report of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission includes a narrative report of the Commission's activities, the 2009-2010 Listening Events and key initiatives.  Appendices includes key Commission work product including:  Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland, Fee-Shifting to Promote the Public Interest in Maryland, and draft rules and forms to support limited scope representation.

SCOTUS: Justices Grapple With Issue of Right to Lawyers in Child Support Cases

Justices Grapple With Issue of Right to Lawyers in Child Support Cases

On March 23, the Court heard oral argument in Turner v. Rogers (No. 10-10).

Members of the Supreme Court appeared frustrated during an argument about whether poor people facing jail time for failing to pay child support are entitled to court-appointed lawyers.

The case involved a South Carolina man, Michael D. Turner, who was repeatedly held in civil contempt and jailed for as much as a year at a time for not paying child support.

Amicus Brief – the Brennan Center for Justice: