Right to counsel

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Litigation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents

In K.P.B. v. D.C.A., 685 So.2d 750 (Ala. Civ. App. 1996), the court held that the Alabama Supreme Court decision in Ex parte Shuttleworth, 410 So. 2d 896, 897 (Ala. 1981) (which found a due process right to counsel in termination of parental rights cases) was based on the Alabama Constitution, and so survived the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Lassiter v. Dep't of Soc. Servs., 452 U.S. 18 (1981).

Cite: Ex parte Shuttleworth, 410 So. 2d 896, 897 (Ala. 1981)

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no