Right to counsel

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Legislation, Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

There is a right to counsel for the subject of a civil commitment proceeding. 50 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 7304. In In re Hutchinson, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania interpreted Section 7304 to require that an alleged mental incompetent is entitled to effective representation by competent private or court-appointed counsel in civil commitment proceedings. 454 A.2d 1008, 1011 (Pa. 1982).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no