|The National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel is committed to ensuring meaningful access to the courts for all. We work to expand recognition and implementation of a right to counsel in civil cases involving basic human needs.
QUOTES FROM CIVIL RIGHT TO COUNSEL:
"Civil matters can lead to people losing their homes, their families, being confined in a mental institution or being thrown out of the country." - Walter Mondale, former Vice President"
Criminal convictions may put one behind bars of steel, but losing a basic human need in a civil case can put one behind equally unbreakable bars of poverty and despair." - Michael S. Greco, past President, American Bar Association.
"There is no judge on this Court that believes in his or her heart or mind that justice is equal between the poor and the rich." - Judge
Cathell, Court of Appeals of Maryland, in Frase v Barnhart
"Not only does the basic right guaranteed for criminal defendants in Gideon five decades ago remain not yet fully realized, it is also outrageous that there remains no guaranteed right to counsel in the civil context." - U.S. Senator Tom Harkin"
"Civil gideon is not an abstract term. Rather, it involves real human beings who desperately need legal help to protect their rights and their liberties, so that they too can be part of the American Dream." - Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York"
"A defendant's right to counsel should not depend on whether a proceeding is labeled 'criminal' or 'civil' where the defendants liberty or other substantial rights are at stake." - John Gross, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers"