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).
Court Rule or Initiative, Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor
Mich. Comp. Laws § 722.904(2)(e) addresses the minor's right to counsel in seeking a judicial waiver of the parental consent requirement to have an abortion, as it states that "[u]pon request of the minor, the probate court shall appoint an attorney or guardian ad litem within 24 hours to represent the minor in proceedings under this section" (emphasis added). While the statute permits the appointment of either a GAL or an attorney, the court rule requires an attorney to be appointed:
At the request of the minor or next friend before or after filing the petition, the court shall immediately appoint an attorney to represent the minor. The request shall be in writing in substantially the form approved by the state court administrator. Except for good cause stated on the record, the court shall appoint an attorney selected by the minor if the minor has secured the attorney's agreement to represent her or the attorney has previously indicated to the court a willingness to be appointed.
MCR 3.615(F). On appeal of denial of a waiver of parental consent to a minor's abortion, the court must appoint an attorney for the minor. Mich. Ct. R. 3.615(K).
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