Right to counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
Legislation, Truancy - Petition Against Child
In Colorado, truancy is treated initially as a status offense, pursuant to Col. Rev. Stat § 22-33-108. If the school seeks the imposition of a valid court order (VCO), then § 9-1-105(2) specifies that court may appoint counsel, or a guardian ad litem (GAL), or both.
If the child violates the VCO, the school has two options pursuant to Col. Rev. Stat § 22-33-108(7):
1) File a petition for neglect, at which point Col. Rev. Stat. §§ 19-3-203(1) requires the appointment of a GAL for the child and § 19-1-103(59) specifies that the GAL must be a licensed attorney.
2) Hold the child in contempt, at which point 28 C.F.R. 31.303(f)(3)(v)(D) requires appointment of counsel only if the court seeks to incarcerate the child.
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: categorical Qualified: yes