Right to counsel

Key_development Question_mark

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).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no