Conference of California Bars Right to Counsel Resolution, October 2006

The California Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations* passed the following resolution by a 2 to 1 margin:

RESOLVED, that the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations recommends that legislation be sponsored to add Article 1, Section 32, of the California Constitution as follows: All people shall have a right to the assistance of counsel in cases before forums in which lawyers are permitted. Those who cannot afford such representation shall be provided counsel when needed to protect their rights to basic human needs, including sustenance, shelter, safety, health, child custody, and other categories the Legislature may identify in subsequent legislation.

* The California Conference of Delegates is a separate and unique entity from the California State Bar Association. The Conference of Bar Delegates is representative of the various bar associations within the state.