H.R.968 - Equal Justice Under Law Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18] (Introduced 02/07/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/09/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.968 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (02/07/2017)
Equal Justice Under Law Act of 2017
This bill states that an indigent individual facing criminal prosecution or juvenile delinquency in a state court is entitled to the effective assistance of counsel, as guaranteed by the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments, at the state's expense.
The bill authorizes a federal class action lawsuit against a state for its systemic failure to guarantee the right to effective assistance of counsel. The assistance of counsel is ineffective when a class of individuals demonstrates that counsel's performance was not reasonable under prevailing professional norms.