Right to counsel

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Legislation, Truancy - Petition Against Child

Pursuant to Kan. Stat. § 38-2202(d)(6), truancy is treated as a child in need of care matter.  And Kan. Stat. § 38-2205(a) provides that children regardless of indigence are entitled to the appointment of an attorney as guardian ad litem in such proceedings, and the court may appoint a second attorney as child's counsel if the child's wishes are inconsistent with the GAL's position on the best interests.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no