House Votes To Restore Lawyers In Child Abuse Cases

Mar 6, 2013

Parents accused of abuse or neglect of a child could again be appointed attorneys. At the State House Wednesday, a bill to restore legal representation passed the House unanimously.

In 2011, New Hampshire joined Mississippi as the only states to not guarantee attorneys for indigent parents in child abuse cases…a result of steep budget cuts.

That action prompted a legal challenge, but in a State Supreme Court ruling last year, the move was upheld.

The bill will next head to the fiscal committee.