Skip to main content
Colorado General AssemblyToggle Main Menu
Agency NameToggle Agency Menu
HB22-1038

Right To Counsel For Youth

Concerning client-directed legal representation for youth in court proceedings for youth.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subjects:
Children & Domestic Matters
Civil Law
Courts & Judicial
Bill Summary

Current law requires the appointment of a guardian ad litem for children or youth in dependency and neglect cases. The bill requires that client-directed counsel for youth be appointed for children or youth 12 years of age or older to provide specialized client-directed legal representation.

The bill prohibits the waiver of a child's or youth's right to counsel in dependency and neglect proceedings. The bill also allows a child or youth to be a party in a dependency and neglect proceeding. For a child or youth 12 years of age or older with diminished capacity, a guardian ad litem shall remain in the role and separate counsel for the child or youth must be appointed.

The bill makes conforming amendments.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

Menu

Bill Text