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ABA passes 'Civil Gideon Resolution'

Monday, August 07, 2006

On Monday, August 7, 2006, at approximately 4:00 p.m. local time (Hawaii), the American Bar Association's House of Delegates UNANIMOUSLY passed Resolution 112A, proposed by the Presidential Task Force on Access to Civil Justice, with one friendly amendment. The final version of the resolution is as follows (the last five words of which constitute the amendment):


"RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges federal, state, and territorial governments to provide legal counsel as a matter of right at public expense to low-income persons in those categories of adversarial proceedings where basic human needs are at stake, such as those involving shelter, sustenance, safety, health or child custody, as determined by each jurisdiction."

[Click here to read the full text of and supporting report for Resolution 112A.]
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