DC B21-0879 | 2015-2016 | 21st Council


Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-1)
Status: Introduced on September 20 2016 - 25% progression
Action: 2016-10-19 - Public Hearing Held
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]


As introduced, this bill establishes a right to counsel in civil cases for those who meet low income criteria whenever fundamental human needs are at risk. It requires the DC Bar Foundation to adopt policies and procedures, issue requests for proposals, and make grants to designated legal services providers for the purpose of creating civil right to counsel projects. The bill also establishes a fund, the Establishment of the Civil Right to Counsel Innovation Fund, to fund the provision of legal services to individuals or groups in certain proceedings.

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Expanding Access To Justice Act Of 2016



2016-10-19CouncilPublic Hearing Held
2016-09-30CouncilNotice of Public Hearing Published in the DC Register
2016-09-23CouncilNotice of Intent to Act on B21-0879 Published in the DC Register
2016-09-20CouncilReferred to Committee on Judiciary
2016-09-20CouncilIntroduced in Committee of the Whole

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