Protecting the Right to Counsel

Jonathon Martinis testifyingOn July 8, 2013, Quality Trust’s Legal Director testified at the DC Council, advocating for reform of the District’s guardianship law.  Under a decision from the DC Court of Appeals, attorneys cannot argue that their clients do not need a guardian if the Court’s guardian ad litem believes they do.   This decision denies people with disabilities their right to counsel and can result in the Court never hearing their position. 

We continue to advocate for changes to DC law recognizing that people with disabilities, like people everywhere, have a right to an attorney representing their expressed wishes. 

View a written copy of Mr. Martinis’ oral testimony
Watch Mr. Martinis’ testimony.  His testimony begins at 1:56:19 of the video.

For more information about recent QT systemic advocacy in the areas of decision-making, contact us.