Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

In a child abuse and neglect proceeding, the parents of the child are entitled to appointment of counsel under N. J. Stat. Ann. § 9:6-8.43 (West 2011). The Court shall advise the parent or guardian of his right to retain counsel and an indigent parent may apply for an attorney through the Office of the Public Defender.

 

In addition, in the preliminary stages of kinship legal guardianship matters where legal representation is being provided by the Public Defender either through its law guardian program or its office of parental representation, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 30:4C-85(2) provides that an indigent parent shall be afforded the same right to legal counsel as in actions under Title 9 and pursuant to N. J. Stat. Ann. § 30:4C-15.4.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no