Discretionary appointment of counsel
Legislation, All Basic Human Needs
The court may appoint an attorney to represent a person in military service who does not appear due to his or her military service, in any proceeding or action in which such person is a party. N.Y. Mil. Law § 303. This right extends to appointed attorneys in eviction proceedings in landlord/tenant court. 444 W. 54th St. Tenants Ass'n v. Costello, 523 N.Y.S.2d 374, 381 (Civ. Ct. 1987); Dahmen v. Gregory, 55 N.Y.S.2d 311, 313 (Sup. Ct. 1945) ("The words 'any action or proceeding commenced in any court' are all-embracing and must be taken to include all types of actions and proceedings.")
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: discretionary Qualified: yes