Friday, September 28, 2012
Right to Counsel for Children
This link has a report card for each state on a child's right to counsel. Nebraska scores a C, not bad but certainly not great. This report card is based on laws actually on the books, not based on how those laws are applied by the Courts. When we look at how the laws are applied, I think that Nebraska would score a little higher, but perhaps it raises a good question about whether the laws should reflect the best practices of the state courts?
Thanks to the Children's Advocacy Institute, FirstStar, and the University of San Diego School of Law for conducting this study and making your results public.