Right to counsel

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Litigation, Civil Contempt in Family Court

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals extended a case finding a right to counsel in criminal contempt cases to civil contempt. The Court of Appeals based its decision on State ex rel. Payne v. Empire Life Insurance Co., 351 So. 2d 538, 542 (Ala. 1977), which was about criminal contempt.

Cite: Wright v. Wright, 630 So. 2d 450, 452 (Ala. Civ. App. 1992)

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes