Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, § 4005(1)(A) requires appointment of a guardian ad litem in every child protection proceeding (which, according to § 4002(3), includes both abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights proceedings). Then § 4005(1)(F) provides that "[t]he guardian ad litem or the child may request the court to appoint legal counsel for the child.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no