Discretionary appointment of counsel
Court Rule or Initiative, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children
According to the court rules, “[t]he court may appoint separate counsel for the child or children under the age of twelve (12) in appropriate cases. The court may consider the nature of the case, the child's age, maturity, intellectual ability, ability to direct the activities of counsel and other factors relevant to the appropriateness of appointing counsel for the child.” Idaho Juv. R. 37(a).
Additionally, Rule 37 specifies that the guardian ad litem appointed for a child receives counsel as well:
[T]he court… shall appoint counsel to represent the guardian ad litem, unless the guardian ad litem is already represented by counsel. . . . Notice of the right to be represented by counsel, and at public expense where financial inability exists on the part of the child … should be given at the earliest possible time.
Idaho Juv. R. 37(a), (d).
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no