Right to counsel

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Legislation, Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

There is a right to counsel for the indigent subject of a civil commitment proceeding. 18 V.S.A. § 7111. According to the statute, this right extends to "any proceeding before, or notice to, a court of this state involving a patient [qualified for treatment as a mentally ill or mentally retarded individual]."   See also 18 V.S.A. §§ 7613 (stating court shall appoint counsel upon filing of application), 7621 (incorporating § 7613 for continued treatment proceedings), 7625 (incorporating § 7613 for involuntary medication). 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no