Right to counsel

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Legislation, Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

There is a right to counsel for indigent persons subject to short or long-term civil commitment. N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 30:4-27.14, 30:4-27.11(c). The short-term confinement statute specifies that the appointed attorney shall be "paid for by the appropriate government agency."   The patient also has the "right to counsel" (it does not specifically say appointed counsel) in all placement review proceedings. N.J. R. 4:74-7(h)(2).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no