Right to counsel

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Litigation, Quarantine/Inoculation

One New York court ruled that an indigent person has a due process right to have counsel assigned in an involuntary hospitalization proceeding for disease since his liberty is in jeopardy. Rapoport v. G.M., 657 N.Y.S.2d 748, 748-49 (App. Div. 1997) (involuntary hospitalization under N.Y. Pub. Health Law § 2120 for communicable disease). The court cited to both Lassiter and to Rivers v. Katz, 495 N.E.2d 337 (N.Y. 1986).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes