History of the Right to Counsel

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Today, the Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to counsel to every person (adult and juvenile, at trial and on appeal) who faces potential time in jail. The Constitution also requires that an attorney be present for an indigent defendant at every critical stage of their case and that the attorney must provide effective representation.

The Sixth Amendment Center revisits the history behind the right to counsel to understand where the right to counsel originated and how it developed in our American justice system. Read your way through at the links below.