Daily Court Reporter - News Supreme Court holds that indigent parent does not have right to appointed counsel in purge hearing
Supreme Court holds that indigent parent does not have right to appointed counsel in purge hearing
Dennis Whalen, Supreme Court of Ohio
The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled on Wednesday, October 24th, that a hearing to determine whether someone has purged himself or herself of a previous court order of civil contempt is a civil rather than a criminal proceeding. Therefore, the court held, the Due Process Clauses of the U.S. and Ohio constitutions do not guarantee an indigent parent the right to appointed counsel at a civil-contempt purge hearing in a child support case.
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Date Published: October 29, 2012