Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

While Ark. Stat. § 9-27-316(f)(1) requires appointment of an attorney-GAL when an abuse/neglect petition is filed, it makes no mention of termination of parental rights (unlike sections relating to the parents' right to counsel), and subsection (f)(2) states, "The court may appoint an attorney ad litem to represent the best interest of a juvenile involved in any case before the court and shall consider the juvenile's best interest in determining whether to appoint an attorney ad litem."

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no