Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

A statute provides counsel for indigent parents at all stages of the proceedings, including at the initial shelter care hearing.  Wash. Rev. Code § 13.34.090, Wash. Rev. Code § 13.34.062(2)(b)


In circumstances where an indigent civil litigant has a statutory right to counsel at all stages of the proceeding (such as for dependency/TPR), that right continues through appeal, including discretionary appeals.  In re Grove, 897 P.2d 1252, 1258-1259 (Wash. 1995) (involving appeal of dependency). 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no