U.S. Supreme Court Case Law

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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.

Here, we examine the history of United States Supreme Court cases behind the right to counsel to understand its origins and how it developed in our American justice system. Read your way through at the links below.