Discretionary appointment of 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, All Basic Human Needs
Kentucky's in forma pauperis ("IFP") statute, Section 453.190(1), provides that "[a] court shall allow a poor person residing in this state to file or defend any action or appeal therein without paying costs, whereupon he shall have any counsel that the court assigns him . . . ." Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 453.190(1). The Kentucky Court of Appeals (which at the time was the state high court) held that the IFP statute applies to civil cases as well as to criminal cases. Wilson v. Melcroft Coal Co., 11 S.W.2d 932, 933 (Ky. 1928).
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: discretionary Qualified: no