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Bill Detail: HB22-1038

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Title Right To Counsel For Youth
Status Governor Signed (04/12/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Civil Law
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors L. Daugherty (D)
T. Van Beber (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/12/2022

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
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.

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