Right to 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, Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition
There is a right to counsel in civil commitment proceedings. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 34-B, § 3864(5)(D) (2012). The Supreme Judicial Court of Maine has said that appointment of counsel under § 3864(5)(D) is mandatory, in the sense that the person subjected to commitment does not have the option of proceeding pro se. In re Penelope W., 19 A.3d 813 (Me. 2011).
Additionally, under Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 34-B, § 5478(2), an indigent person subjected to a continuation of treatment in a facility shall be appointed counsel if they are not already represented.
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: categorical Qualified: no