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Commission supports a civil right to counsel

At their meeting today, the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission voted unanimously to adopt the following statement:

“The Access to Justice Commission emphatically endorses the right to legal counsel for low income Wisconsin residents when basic human needs are at stake, as embodied in Petition 10-08, Petition to Establish a Right to Counsel in Civil Cases, and as found in American Bar Association Recommendation 112A, dated August 7, 2006, which has been adopted by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin. The commission stands ready to assist the Court in any way necessary to implement the right to appointment of legal counsel.”

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing on the petition for October 4, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.