Right to counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents
In proceedings under the Child Protection Act (which governs abuse/neglect proceedings), "the child's parents, guardian or custodian shall be advised by the court of their right to be represented by counsel at every stage of the proceedings including appeal, and to employ counsel of their own choice." Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 14-3-422(a) (West 2013). After advising them of their right to be represented by counsel, "[t]he court shall upon request appoint counsel to represent the child's parents, guardian or custodian if the child's parents, guardian or custodian are unable to obtain counsel."
When a child is taken into temporary protective custody, placed into detention, or placed into shelter care, a shelter care or informal detention hearing must be held as soon as reasonable possible. Wyo. Stat. Ann. §§ 14-3-409(a), 14-6-409(a), 14-6-209(a) (West 2013). In said hearings, the judge must advise the child of the right to counsel. Wyo. Stat. Ann. §§ 14-3-409(b)(ii), 14-6-409(b)(ii), 14-6-209(b)(ii) (West 2013).
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: categorical Qualified: no