Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-126 states children are entitled to GALs for dependency proceedings.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-149 also requires the court to appoint a GAL for the child.  Tn. R. S. Ct. Rule 40(b)(1) defines “guardian ad litem” as “a lawyer appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child and to ensure that the child’s concerns and preferences are effectively advocated.” 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no