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May 2013 Archives

Indigent Domestic Violence Litigants Do Not Have a Right to Counsel on the State's Dime

In the recent case of K.M. v. D.M., the Appellate Division held that neither indigent defendants nor indigent plaintiff-victims are entitled to appointed counsel in domestic violence actions. The Court found that entering a domestic violence Final Restraining Order does not result in a "consequence of sufficient magnitude" that would require mandatory appointment of counsel.