Right to counsel

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Legislation, Sterilization

For sterilization proceedings, Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 34-B, § 7013(2) states:


The person being considered for sterilization shall be represented by counsel and provided the right and opportunity to be confronted with and to cross-examine all witnesses. The right to counsel may not be waived. If the person cannot afford counsel, the court shall appoint an attorney, not less than 20 days before the scheduled hearing, to represent the person at public expense. A reasonable fee shall be set for appointed counsel by the District Court.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no