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Need a lawyer in your civil case?  You can request than an attorney be appointed for you. Click here for the forms to ask a judge to give you a lawyer: Forms

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court, on June 1, 2011, voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on the petition of 1,320 Wisconsin residents asking that attorneys be appointed to represent poor people in certain critical civil cases. The hearing will be held on October 4, 2011, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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On June 16, 2011, the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission voted unanimously to support, without reservation, the petition to establish a right to counsel in civil cases that is now before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The statement of the Commission, which was sent to the Supreme Court on June 22, is:

The Access to Justice Commission emphatically endorses the right to legal counsel for low income Wisconsin residents when basic human needs are at stake, as embodied in Petition 10-08, Petition to Establish a Right to Counsel in Civil Cases, and as found in American Bar Association Recommendation 112A, dated August 7, 2006, which has been adopted by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Wisconsin. The commission stands ready to assist the court in any way necessary to implement the right to appointment of legal counsel.

About Us

The Wisconsin Right to Counsel Task Force is an informal association of lawyers, judges and interested lay persons who are working to establish the right to the assistance of counsel for persons involved in civil cases in Wisconsin courts.  The Task Force writes articles and makes presentations to various organizations promoting the right to counsel, and is obtaining signatures on a petition to the Wisconsin Supreme Court which requests a court rule that would require trial courts, in certain civil cases, to appoint counsel for self-represented litigants.  We urge you to read and sign the petition. 

Persons interested in working with the Task Force, or in obtaining more information about its efforts, can contact John Ebbott at jfe@legalaction.org.   

View the current members of the Wisconsin Right to Counsel Task Force

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