mandatory representation by a lawyer

Comparative law notes


The Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees all accused persons the right to legal counsel in all criminal prosecutions.  No such Constitutionally enshrined requirement exists for civil cases. However, there are certain civil proceedings where parties have a right to appointed counsel; such a right is pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment's due process or equal protection clause, under a state constitution's due process or equal protection clause, or by way of federal/state statute.