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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 this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. L. Daugherty, Rep. T. Van Beber
Sen. B. Gardner, Sen. D. Moreno

Sponsor

Co-sponsor

Upcoming Schedule

Feb
2
Wednesday

Judiciary

1:30 pm  |  HCR 0107