Right to counsel means a defendant has a right to have the assistance of counsel, and if the defendant cannot afford a lawyer, requires that the government appoint one or pay the defendant's legal expenses.
A lawyer is a person who practices law, as an advocate, barrister, attorney, counselor or solicitor or chartered legal executive.
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The right to counsel is generally regarded as a constituent of the right to a fair trial.
Various rights associated with a fair trial are explicitly proclaimed in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights, as well as numerous other constitutions and declarations throughout the world.
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Historically, however, not all countries have always recognized the right to counsel.
The right is often included in national constitutions.
153 of the 194 constitutions currently in force have language to this effect.