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The California Model Statute Task Force

By Clare Pastore

California’s Access to Justice Commission recently drafted a model statute providing for a right to counsel in civil cases. The commission confronted numerous and complex questions concerning the basis and scope of the right, what kinds of clients and cases would be eligible and how eligibility would be determined, and how the right would be administered and delivered. In resolving these questions, the commission has made a big step forward in establishing a comprehensive civil right to counsel.

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